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.