2019-10-01 Dead Whale from Lido West now on Long Beach
Went down to take some up-close ID photos and as expected the Deceased Male Humpback Whale floated west in the surf and landed at Franklin Beach in Long Beach NY. LBDPW was on the scene maneuvering the whale out of the surf with two pay movers (standard practice) and off the rocks to a safe, secure area so a necropsy can be performed. Looking a little closer my observations from yesterday seem to be correct. It’s a Male (obviously) Humpback Whale, and very young- I'm guessing between 2yo-4yo and is roughly 20ft. Looks like some trauma to the whale suggesting a ship strike of some sort. It is in a state of decay and I was hoping to capture some tack sharp fluke photos to share with other orgs and that was not possible. In drifting down the beach, almost all the fluke markings were worn off the whale, but I do have good photos from yesterday. This humpback will be dissected in a necropsy and buried where it lays. The necropsy results will follow in the upcoming months. Whales do die of natural causes- let's hope this one did. BUT the leading causes of Humpback Whale deaths are ship strikes, ingesting plastics or entanglements in fishing gear. I think it was a ship strike with this young one. These are not nice pictures to see or take! The photos were taken to document a humpback whale washing up event.
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