AMCS Performs Necropsy on Stranded Humpback Whale on Fire Island

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) was alerted by US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound of a deceased humpback whale floating offshore by Ocean Beach, Fire Island National Seashore (FINS). Around 6 p.m. in the evening, FINS called AMCS to share the whale had beached between Kismet and the Robert Moses Lighthouse. The team formulated a response which took place the following day, Wednesday, August 29.

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AMCS arrived onsite in the morning to assess the stranding, and returned later again in the afternoon to work with local authorities to remove the animal from the surf and conduct a stranding investigation. The animal was severely decomposed and the carcass was not intact. Due to the level of decomposition, a necropsy examination was limited. AMCS was able to determine the animal was a male, may have been approximately 34 feet in length, and found lacerations consistent with vessel strike. Samples were taken to send to a pathologist to help confirm a cause of death. Those results can several months. Remains were buried on the beach.

AMCS is grateful for the support received from Fire Island National Seashore, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Robert Moses State Park Maintenance, the Ocean Beach Police and community.

As a nonprofit organization, we truly appreciate all of the organizations involved that were instrumental in these efforts. We ask that the public help by reporting strandings to the NYS Stranding Hotline by calling 631.369.9829.

AMCS Performs Necropsy on Stranded Minke Whale in East Quogue

On Sunday, August 5, 2018, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) responded to a deceased minke whale in East Quogue. AMCS worked with the Town of Southampton, Southampton Town Trustees, Southampton Town Bay Constables, Southampton Town Police Department, residents of the Round Dune Community, Chesterfield Associates, Inc., NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to respond to the whale, collect data, and dispose of the remains. Though this animal was severely decomposed, samples were collected and will be sent to a pathologist to help determine a possible cause of death. Results may take several months. This was the 21st large whale stranding in New York in 19 months.

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While examining this animal, the team observed 6 to 8 bottlenose dolphins swimming just offshore. We also spoke with the residents of the Round Dune community about the harms of marine debris and how they do their part for our environment. We were excited to see how active this community is and their dedication to doing their part to promote marine conservation through action.

As a nonprofit organization, we truly appreciate all of the organizations involved that were instrumental in these efforts. We ask that the public help by reporting strandings to the NYS Stranding Hotline by calling 631.369.9829.

AMCS Performs Necropsy on Stranded Humpback Whale in Amagansett

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) received a report of a deceased humpback whale in Amagansett – Napeague, East Hampton. US Coast Guard Montauk Station made the initial report. AMCS met with officials from East Hampton Town to formulate a response plan, which took place the following day.

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There was limited space on the beach, so the whale was taken to the sanitation department to conduct the necropsy and dispose of the remains. The whale was female, 30.5 feet in length, and significantly decomposed. Due to the level of decomposition, a possible cause of death could not be determined. Samples were taken and sent to pathologist. The results could take several months to come back. AMCS had support from East Hampton Town's Highway Department, Marine Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Sanitation Department, and Bistrian Materials and Excavation for their support This was the sixth humpback whale to wash up on New York shores this year.

As a nonprofit organization, we truly appreciate all of the organizations involved that were instrumental in these efforts. We ask that the public help by reporting strandings to the NYS Stranding Hotline by calling 631.369.9829.

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Fox 5: Mystery of Dying Whales Concerns Scientists

Fox 5 NY's Jodi Goldberg met Atlantic Marine Conservation Society chief scientist Rob DiGiovanni at Jones Beach to talk about the recent whale deaths in New York and what he and his fellow scientists are working to uncover.

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Scientists are searching for answers about why humpback whales are dying at an unprecedented rate along the Atlantic Coast.

"Having six animals come up in six months is something that we haven't seen in years," said Rob DiGiovanni, the founder of the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society. "Between May and June, we had four animals come up in a 30-day period." 

Watch the interview and find the story here.

AMCS Performs Necropsy on Stranded Humpback Whale in Far Rockaway

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) received a report of a whale swimming in Reynolds Channel in Far Rockaway. This event recalled memories of a humpback whale that had spent nearly a week swimming in that same area in November 2017, which was believed to have made its way out of the channel on its own. AMCS stayed in contact with their colleagues at the US Coast Guard and the next day, the whale was not seen in the channel. On Thursday, June 14 however, AMCS received a report of a deceased humpback whale on a sandbar near Atlantic Beach Bridge.

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Because of the whale’s location, many resources needed to come together in order to respond. Working with the Town of Hempstead, Bay Constable, and US Coast Guard, teams were able to secure the whale and tow it to Alder Island. Once the whale was moved, the team was able to conduct the necropsy examination, which took place on Friday, June 15.

The whale was male, 30 feet in length, and could have been between 3 to 5 years of age. The examination showed the whale had not been actively eating and may have been compromised. It was also fairly decomposed. Samples were taken and sent to a pathologist to help determine a cause of death. Those results may take several months to come back. AMCS had additional support from Mystic Aquarium and Mount Sinai Icahn School volunteers, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and NYS Department of Conservation. This was the fifth humpback whale to wash up on New York shores this year, and the fourth whale in less than 30 days.

As a nonprofit organization, we truly appreciate all of the organizations involved that were instrumental in these efforts. We ask that the public help by reporting strandings to the NYS Stranding Hotline by calling 631.369.9829.

4th Stranded Humpback Whale in 2018 Strands in Breezy Point

On Friday, June 1, 2018 Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) was made aware of a deceased humpback whale in Breezy Point near the Silver Gull Beach Club. This whale was the fourth humpback to wash up on New York shores and the third one in less than 30 days. The following day, AMCS conducted the necropsy with support from Gateway National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and Sea Turtle Recovery to discover what happened to this animal.

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