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A 25-feet long humpback whale has washed ashore on a beach in New York.
A dead whale measuring nearly 30 feet long was discovered washed up on a popular Long Island beach early Thursday, and authorities said it would take some time to figure out the mammal's cause of death.
New York State Parks Police officers found the male humpback whale at the east end of Jones Beach, in Wantagh. Experts said it was 2 to 5 years old and had probably been dead about a week.
Biologists from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation were at the beach Thursday afternoon but did not have equipment available to perform a necropsy to determine what caused the animal's death. Instead, the whale was picked up and moved from the shoreline onto the sand. Tests were scheduled for Friday.
“There's no blood; there are no slashes from a propeller or something that we can see,” said parks spokesman George Gorman.
"A fishing boat dredging for clams off New York's Long Island pulled up 10 canisters, including one that broke open and released an unidentified chemical that caused two crew members to blister and struggle to breathe, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday"
"After learning of the incident, the Coast Guard issued a "captain of the port order," a rare command instructing the boat to return to port."
In April, a 9.1m-long baby whale weighing approximately 13 tonnes became stranded on Main Beach in East Hampton, Long Island, and later died.
Beached whales are found on the east end of Long Island every year or two. Beached dolphins are more common, and have a "good success rate" because they can be taken to a rehabilitation tank.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the humpback whale can reach up to 18m in length. There are only an estimated 550 humpback whales in the waters off of the northeast coast of the US. They spend northern Summer months in the waters, consuming up to 1360kg of food per day.
Originally posted by slidingdoor
Anyone have any ideas of what usually washes up ashore in that area ?
Originally posted by broahes
You also may want to change the thread title before the mods do.
The source you used says "Dead whale washes ashore in the Big Apple"..
In the Breaking News Forum they are pretty clear about that. I noticed you are new and thought I should point that out.
Humpbacks feed primarily in summer and live off fat reserves during winter. They feed only rarely and opportunistically in their wintering waters. The humpback is an energetic hunter, taking krill and small schooling fish, such as herring (Clupea harengus), salmon (Salmo salar), capelin (Mallotus villosus) and sand lance (Ammodytes americanus) as well as Mackerel (Scomber scombrus), pollock (Pollachius virens) and haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) in the North Atlantic. Krill and Copepods have been recorded from Australian and Antarctic waters. Humpbacks hunt by direct attack or by stunning prey by hitting the water with pectoral fins or flukes.
Saxitoxin, a Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) from contaminated mackerel has been implicated in humpback whale deaths
At least two migratory groups of king mackerel have been found to exist off the American coast. A Gulf of Mexico group ranges from the Texas coast in summer to the middle-east coast of Florida from November through March. Spawning occurs throughout the summer off the northern gulf coast.
An Atlantic group is abundant off North Carolina in spring and fall. This group migrates to southeast Florida where it spawns from May through August, and slowly returns through summer. Apparently, this group winters in deep water off the Carolinas, as tagging studies have shown they are never found off Florida in winter.
The Bud Light King Mackerel Tournament scheduled for June 26 has been canceled.
Continued closure of federal waters paired with the recent arrival of tar balls on the shores of area beaches forced the cancellation.
The tournament's Shallow Water Slam, also scheduled for June 26, will go on as scheduled.
The slam's $5,000 top prize is given to the boat that weighs in the heaviest three-fish total (one redfish, one flounder and one speckled trout).
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The fishermen are willing to make the day-and-a-half journey because they know they will catch bluefin tuna, swordfish, king mackerel and grouper, Spaeth said. If toxic levels of oil have contaminated the fish there, Spaeth said, "that's a disaster.''
“It’s very fishy out,” Dyke said. “And no oil.”
With the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon rig still looming offshore, captains are keeping an eye out, but fishing is still open and good.
Capt. Tommy Carter on the Blue Runner II brought in a limit of king mackerel and red snapper, along with two Spanish mackerel from a four-hour trip.
“The water is absolutely beautiful,” said Capt. Mike Parker of the Silver King. “The only oil here is suntan oil.”
Originally posted by ZombieSlayer
reply to post by I.C. Weiner
It is a possibility that the whale did die from the oil in the Gulf. Whales can travel great distances. Why rule it out?