rockaway's finding of the humpback whale
BY laura valencia, '18
On Tuesday April 4, residents of Rockaway noticed something extremely odd laying on the sand.
Many of the Residents were amused and concerned when they found out that it was a humpback whale.The whale was first spotted nine miles off the coast in the water and, by Tuesday morning, it was dragged ashore by the high tide, where it died.
When biologists, FDNY members, and experts of the Marine Society arrived at the scene, they conducted a necropsy. They attempted to remove the whale from the shore to avoid its drifting back into the water. It was speculated that the whale might have died from a disease or from being struck by a boat. They determined the whale to be a two year old male.
To find out what really happened to the whale, in a joint effort the officials rolled the whale over, cut into its skin and performed a autopsy on the animal. They concluded that the cause of death was trauma from a vessel strike. The necropsy process took a long time; once it was completed ,unable to remove the whale from the shore, the team decided to built a trench in the sand and bury the whale.
This event was very shocking to Rockaway residents and even to many New Yorkers. Humpback whales have often been spotted off the waters of New York. It is yet another incident giving evidence to how our oceans and marine life are being affected.