A 60-foot-long finback whale was discovered beached Wednesday morning along Jamaica Bay in Breezy Point, Queens.
Rescuers from the Riverhead Foundation said the whale was starving and struggling.
"It's an animal that is severely emaciated," said Rob DiGiovanni, executive director. "It is severely underweight. The outcome does not look good."
Police and volunteer firefighters were using a hose to put water on the whale Wednesday morning.
It was beached near Beach 216th Street and Palmer Drive.
According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, finback whales are second in size only to the blue whale, and like the blue whale, they have the deepest voice of any creature on earth.
They are typically 20 feet long at birth and can grow to 70 feet long.