BABY WHALE DIES ON ORCHARD BEACH

Police shutdown the beach after a 12-foot whale beached itself on Orchard Beach. Photo by David Greene

Police shutdown the beach after a 12-foot whale beached itself on Orchard Beach. Photo by David Greene

Nearly two dozen rescue personnel spent more than six hours trying to save a beached whale discovered off the coast of Orchard Beach. The 15-foot baby minke whale was spotted in the water at just after 12 noon Sunday, April 23.

Police is scuba gear pack up after it was determined that the whale could not be saved. Photo by David Greene

Police is scuba gear pack up after it was determined that the whale could not be saved. Photo by David Greene

Members of the NYPD’s Harbor Unit and Emergency Service Unit were joined by marine biologists and specialists from several organizations including the Bronx Zoo, who eventually had to euthanize the mammal. The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is expected to perform a necropsy to determine what caused injuries to the whales belly.

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