Dead Whale Found on a Long Island, NY Beach

Written by on June 8, 2011 in Marine Life

A 30-40 foot finback whale was found dead on a New York beach early this Wednesday morning. 

The whale washed up on Atlantic Beach on the south shore of Long Island about 30 miles from Manhattan.  A large portion of the whale was said to be injured or decomposed.

The whale was first spotted near Long Branch, New Jersey and experts had been waiting for it to resurface.  The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation noted that this whale appears to be the same one that experts have been tracking since Sunday.

Fin whales are the second largest whale species and can grow up to 85 feet.  They are listed as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Fin whale. Photo: credit NOAA

Fin whale. Photo: credit NOAA

Copyright ©  2011 by Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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