Friday, May 4, 2012

Dead Pygmy Sperm Whale Washes Ashore In West Hampton Dune

A dead pygmy sperm whale was found beached in West Hampton Dunes Village on Wednesday evening.

The estimated 800-pound, 9-foot-long whale was discovered by Village Trustee Catherine Woolfson and her son Liam while they were combing the beach, according to village officials. The mammal, believed to be an adult, was already dead. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation were contacted by Ms. Woolfson and Village Police Constable John Jacobs. Crews removed the mammal on Thursday afternoon, with assistance from Bruce Hubbard of Hubbard Contracting of Westhampton, whose employees had to manually carry the whale more than 500 feet to a flatbed truck on Dune Road. Workers had to carry the dead mammal because it is piping plover season and vehicle beach access is limited. Read More