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Dead whale washes ashore at Smith Point County Park

Officials say the whale was a male, believed to be around 5-years-old.

Cecilia Dowd

Aug 11, 2023, 2:06 PM

Updated 315 days ago

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Chopper 12 was over the scene at Smith Point County Park’s outer beach where a dead humpback whale washed ashore early Friday.
Officials say the whale was a male, believed to be around 5 years old.
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society Chief Scientist and Executive Director Rob DiGiovanni Jr. says the whale was over 35 feet long and looks to have been dead for a while.
He says this is the 13th deceased whale this year to wash up in the tri-state area.
“We are currently in the middle of an unusual mortality event for three species of large whales – the humpback whale, the right whale, as well as the minke whale,” DiGiovanni says.
A necropsy is being done to determine the cause of death.
DiGiovanni also says a special ceremony took place for the whale before the necropsy began.
“We work with the Shinnecock and the Unkachugs to conduct a ceremony to celebrate the spirit of the animal,” DiGiovanni says.
NOAA fisheries says necropsy reports can take several weeks to months to complete.


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