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In rare event, humpback whale washes up on Rockaway beach

Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 17:36:35-04

THE ROCKAWAYS, Queens — A 25-foot humpback whale washed ashore in Queens Tuesday morning.

The whale was found on the beach at 117th Street in the Rockaways around 7 a.m.

The United States Coast Guard spotted the whale nine miles offshore Monday evening.

Officials are urging the public to maintain a distance of at least 150 feet from the whale as it is federally protected.

Many witnesses that managed to get a close look at the mammal told PIX11 it had numerous wounds and lacerations across its body and was bleeding by the mouth.

While it's too soon to determine how the hump back died, it's injuries suggest it was struck by a boat or vessel.

Several attempts were made to pull the mammal out of the water Tuesday afternoon but rocky waves and the high tide prevented marine biologists on the scene from succeeding.