Dead humpback whale found stranded in New York amid rise in deaths of endangered whales along East Coast
A huge humpback whale was discovered washed up on the shores of Long Island, New York on Monday, the latest in a string of incidents in which a rash of dead whales has been spotted in surrounding waters in recent months and along from the east coast.
The dead whale was found around 6:30 a.m. on Lido Beach in Nassau County, Fox New York reported. Emergency crews were trying to figure out how to get rid of the marine mammal.
“It’s by far the largest,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin told News 12. “Crews who have been here for almost two decades have never seen a whale this size. It’s 35 feet long, on the ground, we had to bring in a heavy crane, and the cables were breaking because of the tonnage it took to really get it up.
NJ CONGRESSMAN CALLS FOR INQUIRY INTO IF OFFSHORE WIND PROJECTS KILL WHALES
The whale has been moved further up shore, the New York Post reported. Monday’s incident came two weeks after a dead whale was found dead on the Jersey Shore.
Nine whales – including two sperm whales and seven humpback whales – were found dead off the coast of four east coast states in less than two months, according to federal environment officials. The discovery of the whales, five of which have washed ashore in New Jersey, has sparked calls from conservationists to halt offshore wind development until more information is known about their deaths.
New Jersey-based Clean Ocean Action is asking the federal government to investigate the deaths of six whales that washed out a shower and wants to see if construction work or offshore wind farms are too much to blame.
Some groups think projects should be scaled down but not stopped altogether.
According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), three offshore wind projects are currently under construction off New York in federal waters and four more in federal waters off the coast of New Jersey.
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Fox News’ Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.