An 18-meter finback whale, a member of an
endangered species that beached off New York City, appeared to be
dead, according to biologists on Thursday.
National fisheries officials observing the whale, which came ashore on Wednesday, "have not seen it take a breath" on Thursday morning, according to Robert DiGiovanni Junior, executive director of the Riverhead Foundation who was quoted by The New York Times online.
"We can basically say that it's dead," DiGiovanni said.
The mammal, one of the world's second-largest ocean-going species, was first spotted Wednesday morning at Breezy Point in the Queens - one of the areas hardest-hit by hurricane Sandy nearly two months ago.
Volunteer firefighters tried to revive it, hosing down the exposed parts of its body.
Biologists said the whale was severely underweight, at 60 tonnes.
Since 2000, the fin whale has been on the red list of endangered species monitored by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation monitors the health of marine life off the shores of New York state and supervises rescue operations.
Most Popular Stories
- Rackspace Ends Talks About Possible Acquisition
- Mercedes Rolls Out S550 Plug-in Hybrid
- Plus-Size iPhones Live Up to The Hype
- FedEx Adding 50,000 Holiday Jobs
- Toxic Algae Threatens Florida Fishing, Tourism
- Cool Features on Today's New iOS 8
- Missouri GM Plant Adding 750 jobs
- Family Dollar Spurning Bid From Dollar General
- Kohl's Hiring 67,000 for the Holidays
- Poverty Rate Drops for First Time Since 2006