After the humpback whale was euthanized because NOAA specialists couldn’t free her, experts have conducted a necropsy. The baby whale was caught into a sandbar, and after all their exhausting efforts researchers did not manage to release her. They have started the autopsy on November 28, and they were terrified with the discovery. Experts had already known that the poor animal presented signs of trauma when they were struggling to free her.
- Specialists from NOAA had conducted a necropsy of the dead whale.
- They were all in tears after revealing that the whale suffered a terrible trauma.
David Morin, a representative from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association Fisheries Northeast Region Atlantic, was also present during the necropsy which was conducted at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton. The whale was euthanized on November 23 despite the opinions of the public which was terribly angry with that decision.
The necropsy established that the humpback whale had a hematoma, without being clear to specialists whether the injury happened after or before she was caught into the sandbar. Victor Vecchio, a representative from NOAA, argued that their task was a tough one, especially when they always protect and care so much about animals. When they got to Cupsogue Beach, they knew how hard it would be for them to conduct the necropsy.
They were incredibly moved by the results of this test. Some of them started crying, thinking of the life of the poor animal which suffered so much because of this terrible accident. The whale was carried to the beach being strapped to a barge. A boat helped the barge to anchor on the beach. Their specialists have performed the necropsy, at approximately thirty feet from the water.
Authorities have claimed that reporters were not allowed to photograph anything during the necropsy. The scene was too gruesome to have an audience. On November 27, a spokesperson from NOAA was required to participate in an interview where a lot of reporters had various questions about the regretful event.
Vecchio argued that he and his team did nothing more than listening to the opinions of inhabitants. However, they needed to choose what was to be done if the whale did not manage to free herself. Their desperate efforts did not help her regain her freedom, so they only had one more choice.
Specialists from NOAA had a tough task to accomplish. Inhabitants and volunteers were so mad, arguing that NOAA experts had arrived late at the incident and also they did not struggle enough to save the whale.
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