Beached whale euthanized in E. Hampton

(AP) - A team is performing a necropsy to tryto determine why a young humpback whale came to shore along a beachat a New York City suburb where it was euthanized.

Working against pounding waves along the East Hampton beach, theteam of scientists and emergency responders on Friday begandisjoining and disposing of the 30-foot-long carcass and performingforensics tests.

An official with the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration's National Marine Fisheries Service says the whalecould have had a chronic illness that led it to come ashore.

The animal died early in the morning after a third round ofsedatives was administered and three gunshots were fired into itsbody.

The whale was found Tuesday. Marine scientists say if it hadbeen freed, it would not have survived.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."