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Beached whale in Queens

Emergency crews were tending to a whale that was beached Wednesday on the shore of Breezy Point, Queens.

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The sick and injured 60-foot whale that was discovered Wednesday morning beached on the shore of Queens has died, PIX11 News has learned from the Breezy Point Fire Department.

Wildlife experts said the outlook was grim for the female fin whale — the largest species of whale that normally weighs around 60 tons.  They said the mammal appeared emaciated and to weigh only between 20 to 30 tons.

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The whale is hosed down as responders work to keep it alive. (Erica Pitzi/PIX11 News)

Volunteers and firefighters used buckets and a portable pump for hours to help keep the whale hydrated until the high tide came in to submerge it.

“It’s not looking good. The animal is really sick. At this point we are keeping our distance and letting nature take its course,” one expert told PIX11 News.

“We try to save them but a lot of the time they end up dying.”

The whale was initially discovered by Breezy Point resident Louis Bassolino and his family near Beach 216th Street and Palmer Drive.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Bassolino said. “At first I thought it was an overturned boat but when I got closer I realized what I what it was.”

Breezy Point was recently in the news due to a devastating fire that broke out the night Superstorm Sandy hit and razed over 100 homes.

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Crews tend to a beached whale in Breezy Point, Queens. (Mario Diaz/PIX11 News)

BREEZY POINT — It’s  a shocking and sad sight to stumble upon – a 60- foot whale stuck in the sand.

Nearby resident Louis Bassolino was walking along the shoreline around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday near Beach 216th Street when he found the mammal.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. At first I thought it was an overturned boat but when I got closer I realized what I what it was. “

Bassolino called his family and told them to bring buckets. He took a video with his cellphone of his wife and daughter dousing the whale after he called the police for help.

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Louis Bassolino called his family and told them to bring buckets after discovering the beached whale. He took this video with his cellphone of his wife and daughter dousing the whale after he called the police for help.

“At first they didn’t believe me!” he said. Then the police called the point breeze fire department to check it out.

Volunteers spent hours using hoses and a portable pump to keep the whale hydrated.

Wildlife experts say the whale is a fin whale – the largest species of whale. Normally a whale of that size would weigh 60 tons but experts say this one is so emaciated from being sick that it only weighs 20 to 30 tons.

By the end of the day rescue crews told Pix111 they were not confident the whale would live even though high tide came in and submerged the whale.

“Its not looking good. The animal is really sick. At this point we are keeping our distance and letting nature take its course. “

Emergency crews were tending to a whale that was beached Wednesday on the shore of Breezy Point, Queens.

The 30-foot-long whale was still alive, and firefighters were hosing it with a generator pumping salt water.

The animal is believed to be a female sperm whale who is sick and far away from her normal turf out in the Atlantic Ocean. She is also injured, and an expert on the scene told PIX11 the outlook is grim. “We try to save them but a lot of the time they end up dying.”.

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The whale is hosed down as responders work to keep it alive. (Erica Pitzi/PIX11 News)

The whale was beached near Beach 216th Street and Palmer Drive in the Queens neighborhood, recently in the news because of a devastating fire that broke out the night Hurricane Sandy hit.

In addition to FDNY, the NYPD had two boats on the scene. Experts on stranded mammals from the Riverhead Foundation on Long Island were en route to assist the animal.

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Crews tend to a beached whale in Breezy Point, Queens. (Mario Diaz/PIX11 News)

 

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