Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A juvenile male humpback whale that washed up dead on eastern Fire Island this week died of blunt force trauma consistent with being hit by a ship, according to marine biologists.The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said that a necropsy performed Wednesday on the whale found internal indications of blunt force trauma and skull fractures consistent with a ship strike, a spokeswoman for the group said.“Due to the whale’s good body condition, it appears it may have died just a few days ago,” the spokeswoman, Rachel Bosworth, said. The 28-foot whale’s carcass was buried on the beach, as is routine.The whale had washed up east of Davis Park on Monday night. A day later, a True’s beaked whale was also found to have washed up on Pike’s Beach in Westhampton.A necropsy is scheduled for Thursday on the second whale.The incidents came eight weeks after a humpback whale carcass washed up near the Wilderness Visitors Center west of Smith Point County Park on FI.Humpback whales are a threatened species that can grow up to 60-feet long, 25-to-40 tons and have a lifespan of 50 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are primarily threatened by being entangled in fishing gear, ship strikes, whale watching harassment, habitat changes and hunting, NOAA said.
FCS ADA ReleaseCLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, announced Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe as the 2017 FCS ADA Offensive Player of the Year.Briscoe won the Payton Award a year ago and is seeking to become just the second FCS player in history to win it multiple times. He led FCS and set a SHSU single-season record with 5,003 yards passing in 2017, while also leading the country for the second consecutive season with 45 touchdown passes. The Bearkat trigger man is the first Kat to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.The senior out of Houston, Texas, is one of three finalists for the Payton Award this year, which will be announced at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet in Frisco on Friday, Jan. 5.He will be recognized Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship with a plaque presented by current FCS ADA Second Vice President and Director of Athletics at Bryant University, Bill Smith.This Friday, Jan. 5, the FCS ADA will announce the Academic All-Star Team, which is celebrating its 20th year.About the FCS ADA: Now in its 24th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.