Euthanized whale showed signs of ‘trauma’ during necropsy: NOAA
Veterinary experts conducting necropsy on a juvenile humpback whale that was euthanized last week in Moriches Bay have found signs of "trauma" suffered by the ill-fated marine creature, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced.
David Morin, of the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region Atlantic, and other were on hand at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton for the necropsy proceedings that started on Monday.
Morin said they found the whale to have a hematoma, although he couldn't say if the whale suffered that trauma before or after becoming stranded.
Sharing their initial findings, Morin said, "We did find some signs of trauma . it would be too soon to determine any exact issues the whale had been facing."
The 20-tone humpback whale was first spotted in the shallow waters more than two weeks ago. It became stuck in a cove where water was just 1-2 feet deep. Later, it became minimally responsive and developed extensive skin injuries, infection and some neurological issues.
Humpback whales are protected under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act but a team of marine biologists finally decided that the most humane option was to euthanize the whale since its chance of surviving in the wild was minimal.
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