Beached Whale Near NYC Dies

Endangered finback was emaciated
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2012 11:54 AM CST
An 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of New York has died.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – An endangered whale has died after getting stranded on a beach in a coastal enclave of New York City. Officials found the 60-foot finback whale dead today, says the National Marine Fisheries Service. The animal was first discovered yesterday morning beached on the bay side of Breezy Point, a beachfront neighborhood in Queens ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. The whale was alive but severely emaciated. It drifted away at high tide and washed ashore again this morning. (Read more whale stories.)

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