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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?

Trustees Harpooned With $7,500 Whale Haul Bill Trustees Harpooned With $7,500 Whale Haul Bill

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.

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