Marine fisheries experts on Long Island are investigating the death of a humpback whale.
The 34-foot whale was found entangled in a fishing net just east of Gilgo Beach on Tuesday morning.
Kimberly Durham of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation tells Newsday that state environmental officials are assisting in the investigation.
Humpback whales are on state and federal endangered species lists.
The whale was found by a surfer about a mile east of Gilgo. The female weighed about 20 tons. Durham says it had wounds and trauma associated with being inside the net.
It is the second humpback whale found dead on Long Island this year.
Officials buried it at the site.