Whale washed ashore in Montauk

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A 13-foot adult male pilot whale washed up dead on the beach in Montauk on Monday night, May 5.

The carcass was initially spotted floating in the surf off Ditch Plains on Sunday night. By the time a team from the Riverhead Foundation arrived at the beach, it was no longer in sight. Another team went out to Montauk on Monday night after they were told of another sighting and found the pilot whale on the beach south of the IGA, according to Rob DiGiovanni, the Riverhead Foundation’s director and senior biologist,

The carcass showed no signs of trauma, Mr. DiGiovanni said. After tissue samples were taken on Tuesday, the carcass was hauled away by a crew from East Hampton Highway Department.

Over the past 10 days, two bottlenose dolphins, three pilot whales, and a harbor porpoise have been found dead on beaches across Southampton and in East Hampton, Mr. DiGiovanni said.

ANDREW BIELAK

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