- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A buoy placed in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island recently has started detecting the sounds of whales, scientists said Thursday.

Vocalizations of endangered fin whales began being detected on July 4 and were still being detected on Thursday, according to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Wildlife Conservation Society-New York Aquarium.

The organizations placed the buoy 22 miles south of Fire Island in late June. The buoy is 4 feet in diameter with a mast standing 6 feet above the surface. It is connected to sophisticated listening devices 125 feet below.

Scientists said fin whales, second in size to blue whales among all mammals, were commercially hunted for much of the 20th century and today are listed as endangered. Only around 1,500 are in the waters of the East Coast.

The whales suffer from high rates of mortality from fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. The buoy research project aims to find ways to prevent ship strikes, among other goals.



The carcass of a fin whale was found this week off Caven Point in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The Jersey Journal reported Thursday it was a 30-foot-long fin whale, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assisted in securing the carcass until plans for its disposal could be made.

It’s unknown how that whale died.

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