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Ailing Whale Washes Ashore at New York City Beach

The 60-foot whale 'looks very compromised'

Curious onlookers inspect an emaciated 60-foot finback whale that beached itself in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Rockaways in New York, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) - An ailing, endangered finback whale has been found washed ashore in a coastal enclave of Queens that was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Emergency workers and marine biologists responded to a report of a 60-foot whale that was stranded on the bay side of the Rockaways. The call came around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim.

She says the whale isn't moving around much and "looks very compromised."

Garron says biologists are waiting for the tides to subside to determine what to do next.

Breezy Point is still recovering from the October storm that caused serious flooding and a fire that destroyed 100 homes.


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yea' another underwater Sonic Boom may have confused .Many reason's why we find beached porpas

December 27 2012 at 6:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Please help this Endangered Whale that has done nothing wrong, but ask for help in it's own way! I really hope it gets the help it needs and survives the tragedy it has, is, & will still probably have to go through.

December 27 2012 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jo Jo, sr

I hope the whale survives. I'm glad it knew to come to shore to get help.

December 27 2012 at 11:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer Romm-Van Vr

Oh, please....let the enormous beauty survive. Such wonder when we are touched by these stories of live and let live.

December 27 2012 at 10:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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