- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The death of a humpback whale that became stranded on eastern Long Island will be reviewed at a public meeting next month.

Staff from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will discuss its response.

Many blamed NOAA for the whale’s death last November. They cited a perceived delay in attempts to rescue the mammal that had become stranded in Moriches (moh-RIH’-chihs) Bay.

Environmentalists and elected officials urged changes in policy following the whale’s death.

The agency says its staff will answer questions and take comments from the community after making its presentation on Feb. 7 in Farmingville.

It has said the whale likely became stranded because it was ailing.

The shallow bay has rarely been the site of whale visits.

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