Humpback whale washes up on NYC beach

A dead humpback whale washed up on Rockaway beach in Queens on Tuesday, April 4th, according to local media reports.

NBC reported that the whale, which is estimated to be be 25 feet long, was first spotted floating several miles from shore by the Coast Guard on Monday, April 3rd.

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Law enforcement personnel stand next to a dead humpback whale that had washed up in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Pedestrians stop to look at a dead humpback whale that washed up on a beach in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Pedestrians stop to look at a dead humpback whale that washed up on a beach in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Pedestrians stop to look at a dead humpback whale that washed up on a beach in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Pedestrians stop to look at a dead humpback whale that washed up on a beach in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Law enforcement personnel stand next to a dead humpback whale that had washed up in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Law enforcement personnel stand next to a dead humpback whale that had washed up in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: A stretch of Rockaway Beach near where a dead humpback whale washed up yesterday on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Workers inspect a dead humpback whale which washed up yesterday on the sand on Rockaway Beach on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: A man weraring a mask due to the smell watches as workers inspect a dead humpback whale which washed up yesterday on the sand on Rockaway Beach on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: People walk along a stretch of Rockaway Beach near where a dead humpback whale washed up yesterday on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Workers inspect a dead humpback whale which washed up yesterday on the sand on Rockaway Beach on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: People and animals watch as workers inspect a dead humpback whale which washed up yesterday on the sand on Rockaway Beach on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Workers inspect a dead humpback whale which washed up yesterday on the sand on Rockaway Beach on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: People watch as workers inspect a dead humpback whale which washed up yesterday on the sand on Rockaway Beach on April 5, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. The cause of death of the roughly 30-foot mammal is still being investigated but experts believe it could have died from disease or damage suffered in a boat strike. Workers are hoping to bury the whale on the beach. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Authorities are working with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to determine what happened to the whale and arrangements were made for a necropsy, the animal equivalent to an autopsy. The whale is believed to be a two-year-old male according to a New York Daily News report.

By mid-morning on Tuesday, police had created a security perimeter around the whale and were urging curious locals to keep their distance.

A bulldozer was brought in to help remove the whale from the beach.

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