Whale found beached in NYC

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NEW YORK An ailing, endangered finback whale has been found washed ashore in a coastal enclave of Queens that was hard hit by superstorm Sandy.

Emergency workers and marine biologists responded to a report of a 60-foot whale that was stranded on the bay side of the Rockaways. The call came around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Biologist Mendy Garron says it's unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim.

She says the whale isn't moving around much and "looks very compromised."

Garron says biologists are waiting for the tides to subside to determine what to do next.

Allison McHale of the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries told WCBS 880: "The tide will be coming in, we'll be assessing the status of the animal, we'll determine whether or not the animal can float back out to sea on its own, whether it will swim back out to sea on its own, or whether or not we have to euthanize the animal and dispose of the body."

Breezy Point is still recovering from the October storm that caused serious flooding and a fire that destroyed 100 homes.

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