Biologists eager to determine Breezy Point beached whale’s cause of death

Posted at 6:35 PM, Dec 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-27 18:40:15-05

A 60-foot whale washed on shore in Breezy Point on Tuesday. Overnight that mammal died and now the task begins to figure out why.

The mammal was severely emaciated when it beached itself.  Biologists believe the animal was sick for a while and could no longer thrive.

Biologists say the Finback whale stopped breathing overnight.

Now the carcass sits on the shore while experts wait for excavators, backhoes, and dump trucks to remove the mammal.

Rob di Giovanni, from the Riverhead Foundation, says little is known about the Finback species and migration pattern.  Experts want to do a complete necropsy to pinpoint what caused it to die.

Biologists wait until Friday morning to move the whale to higher ground.  A necropsy is expected to take a couple days