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Dead humpback whale washes ashore New York City beach

A dead humpback whale washed up on Rockaway beach in Queens on April 4, according to local media reports. NBC reported that the whale, which is estimated to be be 25 feet (7.62 meters) long, was first spotted floating several miles from shore by the Coast Guard on April 3.

Authorities are working with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to determine what happened to the whale and arrangements were made for a necropsy, the animal equivalent to an autopsy. The whale is believed to be a two-year-old male according to a New York Daily News report.By mid-morning on Tuesday, police had created a security perimeter around the whale and were urging curious locals to keep their distance. A bulldozer was brought in to help remove the whale from the beach.

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