Endangered Whale Washes Ashore In New York City

Category: Media & Culture / Dec 26, 2012 8:20PM EDT
A 60-foot (18.28 meters) Finback whale was found beached Wednesday (December 26) along Jamaica Bay in Breezy Point, Queens, New York City. The Riverhead Foundation sent rescuers to try to aid the whale but they said the prognosis doesn't look good. "Right now it looks like an animal that's just compromised. It's usually a very poor outcome," Riverhead Foundation executive director Rob DiGiovanni said. It was reported that local police and volunteer firefighters spent the morning using a hose to put water on the whale. According to the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, Finback whales, which are endangered, 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 (6.1 meters) long at birth and can grow to 70 feet (21.3 meters) long. -Reuters