- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A rescue group says the remains of a humpback whale calf floating in the waters near Long Island have been recovered.

Southampton Town bay constables initially saw the carcass floating on Saturday about half a mile from the shore of Fish Creek in Westhampton.

Officials with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation tell Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1t0wYCS ) the remains have been towed onto the land to be examined by biologists.

A limited necropsy was performed on Saturday. Samples taken from the carcass will be sent to a pathologist for testing.

Officials say it’s not yet known how long the whale had been dead. The carcass showed evidence of damage from scavengers.

Biologists are still determining the cause of death. The carcass will be buried at the Westhampton transfer station.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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