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Dec 27, 2017 10:11 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Necropsy Sheds No Light On Cause Of Death For Dolphin That Washed Ashore In Montauk

A mature dolphin washed up near the Montauk Lighthouse on Friday. COURTESY ATLANTIC MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Jan 1, 2018 2:08 PM

A dead dolphin washed up near the Montauk Lighthouse on Friday, December 22, and a necropsy conducted this week by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society could not determine its cause of death.

Rachel Bosworth, a spokeswoman for the responding organization, said that the carcass of the male common dolphin was found by a passerby on Saturday, a day after the mammal is believed to have washed ashore.

According to the necropsy conducted on Tuesday, the dolphin, which measured approximately 6 feet in length and weighed between 200 and 225 pounds, was badly decomposed, providing researchers with little information about a potential cause of death. Ms. Bosworth noted that the carcass, including one eye that was missing, had been targeted by scavengers while in the water.

Using heavy equipment provided by Montauk State Park officials, the dolphin was buried on the beach after the necropsy was completed.

Those who come across dead marine mammals, or cold-stunned sea turtles, are encouraged to immediately call New York State’s Stranding Hotline at 631-369-9829.

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