For the second consecutive day, a rarely seen True’s beaked whale has washed up on a Hamptons beach, this time in Bridgehampton.
The first cetacean was discovered Sunday at Little Plains Beach in Southampton Village. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation came to the beach, but the whale was already dead when they arrived. It was transported to the foundation’s facility in Riverhead for a necropsy—an animal autopsy—to determine the factors that led to its death.
The whale discovered on Monday, between Mecox Beach and W. Scott Cameron Beach, a little west of the Mecox Cut, is a juvenile. While the juvenile could fit in the back of a pick-up truck for transportation, an adult True’s beaked whale can grow up to 17 feet long. The female found Sunday was 15.5 feet long.
Robert DiGiovanni, the director and senior biologist of the Riverhead Foundation, noted, ”The rescue program in New York has only encountered two in the last 30 years.”
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The first whale, discovered Sunday, is hauled away.