Queens Beached Whale Dies

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012  |  Updated 4:32 PM EDT
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See video of the whale that was beached Wednesday morning in Breezy Point.

See video of the whale that was beached Wednesday morning in Breezy Point.

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Beached Whale Found in Breezy Point

A 60-foot long, sick and emaciated whale has washed onto the shore of Queens. The fin whale was first spotted Wednesday morning near Beach 216th Street and Palmer Place in Breezy Point, and marine biologists say the whale appeared to have been sick for a long time. Chris Glorioso reports.
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A beached 60-foot whale in Queens has died, marine conservationists say.

Mendy Garron of the National Marine Fisheries Service said Thursday that the endangered finback whale appeared to have stopped breathing. The animal drifted away at high tide but then washed ashore again in the morning.

A necropsy will be conducted this week to determine why the whale died.

The whale was first discovered Wednesday morning stranded on the bay side of Breezy Point. The whale was alive but severely emaciated. 

Garron said the next step after the necropsy will be to figure out how to dispose of the whale. She said heavy equipment would be needed, and that the whale would have to be buried or taken to a landfill that could accommodate it.

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