QUEENS (PIX11) — A whale died at Rockaway Beach in Queens on Tuesday, officials said.

The Parks Department was told about the approximately 30-foot sperm whale near Beach 73rd Street around 9 a.m., a spokespersons said. They’re now working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on a plan for examination and disposal.

“We mourn the loss of this awe-inspiring creature,” the Parks Department spokesperson said.

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSEAS) plans to perform a necropsy on Wednesday, an NOAA spokesperson said. The whale is actually the sixth large whale stranded in New York since Oct. 20, 2022. Two others were sperm whales.

A calf was stranded in Southhampton on Oct. 21, according to the NOAA. It was euthanized and examined by AMSEAS. On Dec. 5, another calf was stranded on Gilgo Beach. It was pushed back into the water, but was later stranded on a New Jersey beach where it died.

“Please remember that dolphins, porpoises, and whales are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which makes touching, feeding, or otherwise coming into contact with these animals illegal,” an NOAA spokesperson said. “The best way to assist these animals, and keep them and yourself safe, is by calling trained responders and maintaining a 150-foot distance. Never attempt to return a large whale or other marine mammal back to the water without guided support from trained responders. Additionally, sperm whales are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.”