CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — Biologists say the cause of death for a whale that was found washed up on a beach in Coney Island was a ship strike.
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation confirmed that it was a female Minke whale that washed up on the beach around noon on Monday.
A necropsy which was performed on the beach showed the whale was in good body condition with food still in her stomach.
“Due to the presence of internal bruising, propeller slices, and lacerations of a mechanical nature, the cause of death is consistent with a ship strike,” a spokesperson for the Riverhead Foundation said.
The top portion of the whale’s head was missing.
Officials believe the death was within the last 48 hours.