Stranded Humpback Whale Euthanized In Long Island

Posted: Nov 25 2016, 6:30am CST | by , Updated: Nov 25 2016, 7:12am CST , in Latest Science News


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Humpback Whale Stranded in Long Island Euthanized
Veterinary team from NOAA, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and North Carolina State University assess the stranded humpback whale. Credit: NOAA
  • New York Humpback Whale that was Stranded in Bay has been granted Mercy Killing

A New York humpback whale that had been stranded in Moriches Bay has been granted mercy killing. It has been literally put out of its misery.

After days of being stuck in the waters off the coast of Long Island, a humpback whale had started to rot and showed signs of severe sickness.

The vets applied euthanasia or mercy killing on the marine beast which weighed at least 20 tons. As crowds of passersby gathered on the shore some of them even cried tears of anguish at the death of this whale.

The whale was hardly showing any response to stimuli. It was dead for all purposes and was only suffering from remaining alive. Besides neurological confusion, this otherwise beautiful marine creature also showed signs of infection on its skin. It was truly a sad sight to witness.

The team of researchers who had come to rescue the whale finally decided that it was too late to save it and so it was given euthanasia. It would not have survived in the wild and would have been torn to pieces by hungry sharks.

The whale had originally arrived in Moriches Bay to feed on the plankton. It subsequently got stuck in the bay and thus was stranded in the shallow waters which are barely one to two feet in depth.

All efforts at extricating the whale from the sand bar and coaxing it into swimming away on its own failed. That was when the final decision of euthanasia was taken although reluctantly.

The factors involved were too many for the vets and people who had gathered there to rescue this whale. Yet many residents of the region criticized the NOAA and other local agencies for not acting in a more decisive and prompt manner.

As the poor whale’s body stuck out from the bay, seagulls tortured it by pecking away relentlessly. It was dying a slow and sure death. Even noises of the whale in its death agony could be heard by many of the people who had crowded the area to get a look.

One of them mentioned how it was with a heavy heart that they had all watched the ordeal. Many residents tried to implement a plan to rescue the whale but they were prevented from doing so by the local authorities.

The people were forced to stay at least 50 feet away from the whale. That is because efforts at hauling away the whale could backfire in the end. It could have incurred some serious internal injuries had this been allowed.

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