Weather Alert(1)!
"Winter Weather Advisory" ...Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 7 PM EST this evening... ...Winter Storm Warning is cancelled... The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Metro New Jersey...New York City...Long Island and southeast coastal Connecticut...which is in effect until 7 PM EST this evening. The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled. * Locations...Metro New Jersey...New York City...Long Island and southeast coastal Connecticut * hazard types...snow. * Accumulations...up to an additional inch possible through 7 PM. Storm total accumulations mainly from 4 to 8 inches. * Timing...snow will end from west to east by 7 PM. * Visibilities...reduced to 1/2 mile in a few periods of moderate snow. * Temperatures...20 to 25 degrees until 7 PM. * Impacts...hazardous travel conditions due to falling snow... temperatures and Road icing...reduced visibilities and accumulating snow. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow...sleet...or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving. -- Thursday Mar.05 15,05:48 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News


Second Rare Beaked Whale Washes Up Dead in the Hamptons

Nature & Weather, Local News

Biologists still do not know what caused the deaths of either of two True's beaked whales that washed up over Sunday and Monday on the ...

Biologists at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation have come across two rare cases of True’s beaked whales turning up dead on Long Island beaches.

Just before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, the Riverhead Foundation was contacted about a large dolphin thrashing in the surf near Flying Point Beach in Southampton.  Using photographs sent from the scene, biologists identified the creature as a rare True’s beaked whale.  A passerby attempted to push the whale back into the water, but it beached itself a second time near Gin Lane and was found dead when the Riverhead Foundation arrived.

The female whale was about 15 and a half feet long, and weighed an estimated 2,000 pounds.  The Highway Supervisor for the Village of Southampton, John Brostowski, helped the members of the Riverhead Foundation transport the deceased whale back to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, where a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Before biologists could even determine what killed the True’s beaked whale – a whale that many biologists on Long Island never see – a call came in about a second whale of the same species that washed up on a beach in Bridgehampton.  The second whale, a male, was approximately 9 feet long and weighed an estimated 400 pounds.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), True's beaked whales prefer the deep warm temperate waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, making it odd that they would appear in the colder waters around Long Island.  True’s beaked whales are difficult to observe and identify at sea due to a low profile at the surface, and few of these whales have ever been spotted alive in the water.

Officials at the Riverhead Foundation will be performing necropsies on both of the whales.

[Source: Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, NOAA]

comments powered by Disqus

Join Our Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for a free weekly newsletter covering things to do, hottest local headlines, and everything Long Island! Read more here or enter your email to signup.

     Newsletter Archive
Advertise With Us
Open Feedback Dialog