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A dead humpback whale washed up on Fire Island Sunday morning
The whale was "in an advanced state of decomposition"
A necropsy found the whale had trauma consistent with a vessel strike
A humpback whale that washed up on Fire Island was likely struck by a boat, a conservation group said Monday.
The female whale was 33-feet long and "fairly decomposed" but had evidence of trauma from a vessel strike, said Rachel Bosworth, spokeswoman for the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society said. The whale washed ashore Sunday morning.
Samples were sent to a pathologist to help confirm the cause of death.
Another humpback whale was spotted swimming offshore while experts were conducting the necropsy, Bosworth said.
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