Posted For: Willie Wonka
By Katherine Donlevy
Queens residents had more than flooding to blubber about Friday morning.
Rockaway residents woke up after a night of drenching rain to find chunks of what appeared to be a sperm whale strewn across the neighborhood.
Three precisely cut slabs were found on Rockaway Beach Blvd, Beach 116th Street and Beach Channel Drive, The Rockaway Times reported.
“When I tell you living in Rockaway is like living on another planet,” said another.
Some have speculated that the recent storm surge may have unearthed the slices of a baby sperm whale that washed up and died in the Rockaways last week.
The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society performed a necropsy on the animal by cutting it into clean chunks, which the agency then buried under the waterline.
Surfers and construction workers tried to rescue the 35-foot whale after they spotted it flailing in the water at the 73 St. & Broadway beach on Dec. 13.
The distressed calf, which was likely between 3 and 5 years old, had clear injuries, including multiple scrapes and bruises, much like the ones seen on the chunks found Friday morning.
Sperm whales are considered endangered by the National Wildlife Federation.
The whale was the sixth to be stranded in New York since Oct. 20 this year, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Patch.
The Parks Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.