Trustees Harpooned With $7,500 Whale Haul Bill

The East Hampton Town Trustees balked at a bill they received to remove a dead whale. Would you do the same?

The cost to remove the dead whale from a Napeague beach was a whopping $7,500.

While it may surprise you, it seems to have really surprised the East Hampton Town Trustees. According to an article in The East Hampton Star on Thursday, the trustees received the bill from the Town of East Hampton, even though the trustees weren't in on the discussion about how to remove it.

The dead finback whale washed up on Jan. 13, where it washed up until it could be hauled a little further up on the dunes and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation could perform a necropsy the following day.

Diane McNally, the clerk of the trustees, said the governing body of the beaches were never consulted, The Star reported:

“While I do appreciate their acknowledging that it was a trustee beach, no one asked us about cost or anything about removing the whale or how to go about it,” she said.

To read the entire story in The East Hampton Star, click here.

We want to know what you think of the rift this dead whale caused and the amount of money it cost to haul it away. Tell us in the comments below.

ViralGrain February 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Because I like to try to think out side the box and take into consideration what is and whats not being told before forming a opinion, I'm a conspiracy theorist? Well keep drinking the Kool Aid buddy. You called me out questioning me and I backed it up with facts. Not looking for any hard feeling, but hope I did a good enough job of connecting the dots to show that likely possibility remains. I didn't mean to pull us off topic, but the question I have is where did the order of incineration of the whale come from? Not the Ollie North that carried out the deed but who first mentioned it as a course of action. THe answer to that question is the answer to the question as to who should pay for it. I didn't vote for it to be handled the way it did. Guess the 2nd question which is more out of my own personal curiosity is, have we ever incinerated whale before in this town and if so when?
CUL8R February 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM
In your comments you seem to think for some reason there is a cover up? For what reason is this? I don't see your specific facts that you are speaking of, only your theories of what may have transpired. In my own opinion it was a tragic coincidence of these 2 whales showing up on the same beach on the same day. Nothing that I have read or heard makes me feel there is a different reason for the 2 washing ashore. As far as the incinerating goes..I don't know either of those answers, (I personally don't recall one ever being incinerated, I do recall years ago one being buried on the beach... but that would be interesting information to know.
CUL8R February 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM
again....which branch of the military was on scene?
lifelong amagansett resident February 18, 2013 at 05:56 PM
These links show how whales may be disposed of illustrate how NOAA and the Riverhead Foundation take the lead locally. http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Hampton-Bays/434696/Dead-Fin-Whale-Washes-Up-On-Hampton-Bays-Beach http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Hampton-Bays/434696/Dead-Fin-Whale-Washes-Up-On-Hampton-Bays-Beach http://news.yahoo.com/look-dead-whale-beach-dilemma-231526497.html
Deborah Klughers February 18, 2013 at 08:26 PM
The articles posted above by lifelong amagansett resident are good, because they provide examples of approved methods to dispose of large, deceased whales, as well as a cooperative effort amongst involved parties. That being said, the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 vested regulatory authority regarding the management of marine mammals in United States waters to NOAA and USFW. The Marine Mammal Commission was also formed under the Act, but their task is related to policy and research. The MMPA clearly states who is authorized to 'take the lead' locally. Authorized is an important word here, because ‘taking the lead’ is very different than having the authority to delegate that lead role to other entities. If there is ‘local’ disagreement on what course of action should be taken, it is the federal government who will decide if and when to step in.


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