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May 6, 2019 4:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Dead Humpback Whale Washes Up At Cupsogue Beach In Westhampton Sunday

A 37-foot, female, humpback whale washed up at Cupsogue County Park on Sunday.   DANA SHAW
May 6, 2019 5:08 PM

A deceased 37-foot-long humback whale washed ashore at Cupsogue Beach in West Hampton Dunes on Sunday morning.

Marine biologists from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society examined the whale and determined that it was a female. They said its body showed no exterior signs of injury and were planning to conduct a necropsy on Tuesday to see if they could find signs of illness or other reasons it may have died.

When the necropsy is completed, the carcass will be buried near the dune line, as is typically done with dead whales that wash ashore.

Female humpback whales can grow to more than 50 feet in length and weigh more than 30 tons. Humpbacks are one of the most common whale species to roam the waters off Long Island, and are easily identifiable by their very long, black and white pectoral fins. They swim close to shore occasionally when feeding and can sometimes be seen leaping from the water.

A spokesperson for the AMCS said that the whale was the first large whale to wash up in New York this year.

Past strandings of large whales have attracted huge crowds to South Fork beaches to get a rare view of the leviathans up close. Touching or removing parts of the whales, which are federally protected, is illegal.

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It will be interesting to see how much plastic is in the whales stomach considering there are no external indicators of what caused its death.
By Enviro Guy (55), Southampton on May 6, 19 10:43 AM
The out come will be the same. Sick whale. They say that every time.
By Win sky (58), Southampton on May 6, 19 10:45 AM