Media Courtesy of Business Insider
A huge 58-foot whale washed ashore
on Long Island late last week near Smith County Park in Shirley. Located around 77 miles east of New York City, the whale has been decomposing for some time and has bite marks on its body that are "bigger than a Chihuahua" according to a quote given by Kim Durham from the Riverhead Foundation.
Durham described the whales as missing most of its skin and that the bites indicate that large animals, perhaps sharks, had eaten the whale following its death.
This particular type of whale, a fin whale, is endangered and there are estimates that there are only about 1,700 left on earth. An autopsy was performed on site and it was found that the whale was likely struck by a boat, which lead to its demise.
Unfortunately, a mammal of this size can be extremely difficult to move and is rotting away every day it sits. The Riverhead Foundation is currently working closely with Suffolk County officials to find a way to dispose of the carcass.
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