A 60-foot-long whale that washed up on a Breezy Point beach in Queens, New York Wednesday morning is dead, NBC New York reports. Rescue workers tried to save the 60-ton finback by pumping seawater over it, but it was not expected to survive.
The whale was “severely emaciated” — it only weighed half of what it should — and beached itself because it was very sick, marine biologist Kim Durham told Newsday.
An autopsy will be performed on the animal to determine its cause of death.
Removing a massive whale carcass can be quite a logistical challenge.
Earlier this month, a 40,000-pound fin whale that washed up on a Malibu beach created a headache for lifeguards and local officials as its body started to decompose.
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