Two whales wash up on East Hampton beaches

A large 50-to-60-foot whale, believed to be a A large 50-to-60-foot whale, believed to be a humpback, washed up along the ocean beach in Amagansett Sunday morning, just east of the Windward Shores condominium complex on the Napeague Stretch. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is responding to assess the whale. (Jan. 13, 2013) Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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Two whales -- one dead and one later euthanized -- washed up on separate stretches of East Hampton beaches Sunday, just hours apart from one another.

Scientists with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation are trying to determine the cause of death for a 59-foot-long female finback whale discovered in Napeague, and a 5-foot-long juvenile pygmy sperm whale found in Amagansett, said Kim Durham, rescue coordinator for the group.

"We don't think the two are connected," Durham said.

East Hampton's Marine Patrol first responded to an 8 a.m. call about the finback that was found along a stretch of beach in Napeague near the Windward Shores Condominium, East Hampton police Sgt. Daniel Roman said.

"Right now the whale is being safeguarded and we're making arrangements to remove it," Roman said.