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Nov 14, 2019 1:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Humpback Whale Washes Up On Halsey Neck Lane Beach On Thursday Morning

A deceased female humpback whale was discovered washed up just west of Halsey Neck Lane in Southampton on Thursday morning.     DANA SHAW
Nov 15, 2019 2:05 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 9:30 a.m.

AMSEAS completed the necropsy around 3:30 p.m. Thursday with no significant findings to report, according to a press release sent out Thursday evening.

The responding team collected samples that will be brought to a pathologist to help determine the cause of death, which may take several months. The whale was buried onsite after the examination.

The AMSEAS team was supported by the Southampton Village Highway Department, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and New York State Department of Conservation.

“As we continue to build capacity for large whale response in the area, working with network partners and individual townships is essential,” said AMSEAS chief scientist Rob DiGiovanni in the press release. “Being able to pull resources together quickly for a response like this prepares us for a number of other response efforts on all scales. We’re grateful to have had all of these groups come together and support us today.”

Village Administrator Russell Kratoville also expressed his gratitude for the AMSEAS team.

“The Village of Southampton would like to thank Atlantic Marine Conservation Society for their quick response to this unfortunate event,” said Mr. Kratoville. “The Board of Trustees would like to recognize the skillful work of the Village Highway Department in assisting in this effort.”

Original Story:

Researchers from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, or AMSEAS, were conducting a necropsy Thursday afternoon on a dead humpback whale that washed up onto the beach near Halsey Neck Lane in Southampton on Thursday morning.

The initial report came in at 8:35 a.m., and the AMSEAS team arrived on the scene at around 10:45 a.m. and began examining the juvenile female whale, which is 27½ feet long and appeared to be underweight, responders said.

The AMSEAS team will work with the Southampton Village Highway Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, and a rescue team from the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut to complete the necropsy.

According to AMSEAS, this is the 13th-largest whale and seventh-largest humpback that the organization has responded to this year. They say an unusual mortality event has been affecting the regional humpback whale population since 2016.

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