LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) — A dead whale washed ashore on Long Island, an animal rescue group said.
The cetacean was spotted Thursday on the sand at Smith Point Beach in Suffolk County, according to the Riverhead Foundation, a nonprofit group based on Long Island that rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals in New York.
They reported the sighting shortly before noon.
Witness Paul Peluso captured photos of the deceased creature, saying its body lay just east of the beach’s pavilion.
The group thinks it may be a Finback whale, about 40 to 50 feet long, and that the creature had been dead for awhile before it washed ashore.
A Finback whale was spotted Monday floating about 30 miles off Jones Beach, the group said. It's not clear if this is that same whale.
If it is a Fin whale, that means the lifeless animal laying on the Long Island shore is a member of the second-largest species of whales in the world.
A necropsy is scheduled to be performed Friday to determine how the whale died.
PIX11's Keith Lopez contributed to this report.