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.


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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