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.