Another dead whale has washed ashore, this time Feb 17th in Far Rockaway, NY. The 25-foot adult female minke whale was spotted Friday morning on the sand near Beach 29th Street.
Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say it’s the 12th whale to come ashore on New York and New Jersey beaches since Dec. 1. Another whale was spotted just days ago in New Jersey on Feb. 14.
The whale appears to have died from a vessel strike, said Allison Ferreira of the NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office.
“The animal had several broken bones and cut wounds across its body that appear to have occurred prior to death,” she said in a written statement. “There was additional evidence of blunt-force trauma.”