40-Foot-Long Whale Washes Up on Atlantic Beach in Long Island


We’re already had a number of shark sightings this summer, and now it seems we’ve moved on to dead whale sightings. Specifically, a poor, dead finback whale, gender unknown, estimated at 30 to 40 feet long, which has washed up on Atlantic Beach in Long Island. According to the Wall Street Journal, marine biologists had been tracking the whale, which was first seen near Long Branch, New Jersey, since Sunday. Biologists will conduct a forensic examination to determine the cause of death, and disposal will be arranged via Hempstead town officials. A local resident, Raina Russo, told the Long Island Press the whale may have been in an accident (its tail was sliced) and “looks like its been dead for a few days.”(Maybe steer clear of the beach today?)

[via WSJ]