A dead whale washed ashore on a beach in Southampton on Long Island's east end.
A team of biologists from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation was dispatched to the scene to investigate what happened to the 60-foot fin whale, believed to be a female, which was found Sunday.
A necropsy will be done to determine the cause of death, according to a statement issued by Julika Wocial, a rescue program supervisor with the foundation.
The foundation will then work with the Village of Southampton and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to dispose of the carcass.
Wocial said the Riverhead Foundation has been monitoring 14 fin whales in the area for the past few months.