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Environmental Conservation Officers respond to assist beached finback whale

Monday, December 31, 2012

On December 26, 2012 the Department of Environmental Conservation was notified of a beached whale in Breezy Point (Queens) NY.  

Environmental Conservation Police Officers Lattimer and Brassard responded and took steps as the Breezy Point Fire Department hosed the whale down in attempt to keep it alive. ECOs Christopher Lattimer and Alan Brassard made contact with the Riverhead Foundation (A marine animal rescue group) as well as the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to begin working on a rescue plan for the whale. The whale was identified as a Finback whale, which is listed on the federal Endangered Species List. The whales were placed on the Federal Endangered Species list in 1987 due to their overharvesting.  The area was secured by ECOs Lattimer and Brassard with the assistance of the NYC Emergency Services Unit and Breezy Point Security.  NOAA dispatched Special Agents from their Law Enforcement unit, upon their arrival the scene was turn over to them and the ECOs continued to assist with keeping spectators away.   Lt. Bernie Rivers ECO Nathan Favreau also responded to the scene. The whale unfortunately died and the area was secured until a detailed disposal plan could be put in place after the Riverhead Foundation completed it's necropsy of the whale.

Read the news coverage here.