Endangered Finback Whale Found Dead at Breezy Point

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

This Christmas week brought saw news to the Rockaway Inlet in Queens. The New York Times reported sighting a dead Fin whale, also called Finback or razorback whale, washed up on the Breezy shore.

Allison McHale, spokesperson for the National Marine Fisheries Services, mentions that the whale’s death could be one of many causes including viral or bacterial diseases. It’s also possible that this whale was struck by a ship while at sea.

Unfortunately, the Fin whales are on the New York state and Federal endangered list. This news caught the attention of the neighborhood and many of them came to mourn the whale before the city began the process of cutting and moving the heavy beast. The whale weighs about 30 tons and it’s about 60 feet in length.

LEARN MORE: FINBACK WHALES

LEARN MORE: THE NEW YORK TIMES: WHALE OF BREEZY POINT

  • According to the New York Times article, what plan did the city make in order to work with this large situation?
  • Click on the Finback Whale link above. List important details about this endangered whale species?


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