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.
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.