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I was on a ferry so couldn't get a good look or hear the radio chatter, but it looked like the cg was guarding a capsized vessel in the water around 1pm off the north side of long island today. Anyone know what it was? It also could have been a big object, it appeared to be 25-30' and mostly underwater....
I was out today and the whale was still floating around. Fishing was slow, but at least this made it interesting. Up close it looked a lot like there may have been something tangled around the whale at some point (kind of a red raw area just below the fins), There was also a fist sized hole just behind the fin on the raw area like an infection or something, but there was not rope or anything and it could have happened after it died. Hopefully it'll wash up somewhere on an uninhabited harbor island and they'll get a chance to see what happened. If you go out after dark keep tabs on where it is, it was floating around a lot and would be a real mess to hit! Got a good look at it and some pictures:
It's between Rainsfordnand Long Island closer to Rainsford. It's a male I'm guessing.
Yep, as one overly enthusiastic boater pointed out to me while we were looking at it, its definitely a male. It was certainly on the move all day, it moved a few miles from where I saw it on the way out to where I saw it on the way in. Where it's going to land is like a lottery that no one wants to win. I don't know why they don't just use one of the big tugs to tow it over to one of the many cranes in the harbor, pull it out, do whatever they're going to do then tow it out of the harbor and let it ride an outgoing tide to somewhere less populated.
One thing I noted was that there were no birds on it or around it and no fish or sharks around it. I would have thought it'd be covered in birds at least and maybe attract some sharks....
Man, was cruising around right at that time. It was like glass out there. I actually saw that yellow bimini boat in the picture.
Agreed , they should tow this guy somewhere safe. It could be a real mess for all the boat and ferry traffic out there.
We've been tasked with towing whales before and it's not a big deal since we're well set up to tow just about anything. I agree, the animal folks should take some tissue samples, do their stuff, and then have us tow it somewhere out of the way.
__________________ Captain Ethan Maass Sea Tow South Shore M a s s a c h u s e t t s
Serving Cape Cod Bay and offshore
Always put a swivel on the end of the hawser and a bridle on the whale, they love to spin when being towed and I am sure the bluedogs would love the free meal. Towed a few and a pain in the rear if not done right.