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Massive beached whale dies in New York City

Published on Dec 28, 2012 5:49 AM
Emergency personnel reach out to touch a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York on Dec 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - An endangered whale that beached in New York City died on Thursday despite a day-long effort to keep the emaciated 18m finback alive by spraying it with water.

"We are on the scene and the whale has passed," Mr Robert DiGiovanni, director of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, told AFP.

The finback whale, the second biggest animal species in the world after the blue whale, was found ashore on early Wednesday in the Breezy Point neighbourhood of Queens.

Police and firefighters began carefully spraying it with water to keep it alive until experts could take over.

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