2 Whales Wash Up on Separate Long Island Beaches

Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 6:43 AM EDT
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2 Whales Wash Up on Separate Long Island Beaches

One of the whales that washed up Sunday was a finback, which is the same kind of whale that beached itself last month in Queens, seen here.

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Marine officials say two whales washed up on Long Island just hours apart. One was dead and the other was later euthanized.
 
Newsday says they were discovered Sunday on separate stretches of East Hampton beaches.

 
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said it doesn't believe the two are connected.
 
The first whale was found dead around 8 a.m. in Napeague. Officials said there were no outward signs of what may have caused the death of the 59-foot-long finback whale.
 
At around 2:30 p.m., officials got a report of a 5-foot-long juvenile pygmy sperm whale in Amagansett. The foundation said it was euthanized because it had skin lesions and appeared "sickly."
 
Necropsies will be performed on both mammals on Monday.

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