Whale Washes Ashore in NY, Likely Killed by Boat

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Embargo: New York The carcass of a whale washed ashore on Smith Point Beach in Suffolk County Oct. 9, 2014.

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Massive dead whale washes ashore on Long Island

LONG ISLAND, NY — Scientists are trying to figure out what killed a whale that washed up on shore in New York — and what put large marks on the body.

Officials with the non-profit group Riverhead Foundation believe the whale, a Finback whale, the second largest whale species, was dead before it washed ashore at Smith Point Beach in Suffolk County.

A necropsy has been performed to determine the cause of death; preliminary findings indicate the whale may have been struck and killed by a boat.

Massive dead whale washes ashore on Long Island

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