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January 17, 2019

Badly decomposing humpback whale washes ashore on Fire Island

May 27, 2018
The dead humpback whale was found washed ashore near Point o’Woods on Sunday morning. (Atlantic Marine Conservation)

A rotting humpback whale was found washed ashore Fire Island on Sunday morning, according to marine experts.

The 35- to 40-foot-long marine creature was discovered in an “advanced state of decomposition” by a Fire Island National Seashore park ranger near the Point o’Woods community, said Rachel Bosworth, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society.

The whale attracted a large crowd of Memorial Day weekend beachgoers before Suffolk County police ordered them back.

Experts from the marine conservation group will help remove the dead whale and perform a necropsy to determine how it died.

This is the third reported death of a humpback whale this year.

Another humpback whale was found dead on a beach 30 miles west nearly two weeks earlier. The young 32-foot female whale had heavy bruising and was likely hit by a boat before coming to a rest on Long Beach.

Authorities with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the death as an “unusual mortality event.”

A female that washed ashore in Breezy Point in February marked the first humpback death of the year.

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