Humpback whale that washed up in NYC likely struck by vessel

AP News
Posted: Apr 05, 2017 4:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Marine biologists say a humpback whale that washed up on a New York City beach appears to have died after being struck by a vessel.

Experts from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society say a necropsy shows the whale had tissue damage consistent with blunt force trauma.

The approximately 30-foot (9-meter)-long whale was found Tuesday on Rockaway Beach in Queens.

Volunteers and city fire crews tied the whale's tail to a tractor to prevent it from floating away. The whale's weight prevented it from being moved farther on shore.

It will be buried in a deep trench on the beach.

Humpback whales can grow to up to 60 feet (18 meters) and weigh 40 tons (36 metric tons). This one was estimated to be 2 to 5 years old.