The carcass of a 30-foot-long humpback whale washed up on Rockaway Beach in Queens Tuesday morning.
The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is working with the city in an attempt to arrange a necropsy to determine what caused the mammal’s death.
The U.S. Coast Guard first spotted the whale floating about nine miles offshore on Monday evening, authorities said. By early Tuesday morning, it had drifted near shore in the vicinity of 117th and 118th streets.
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Authorities advised people against approaching the whale and to remain about 150 feet away because it is a federally protected animal and could pose a danger if it gets into the surf at high tide.