Traces of sperm whale litter the Rockaways after storm surge

Traces of sperm whale litter the Rockaways after storm surge

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.

“Wow, that is something to see (and smell), I bet,” one Twitter user said“Right there in the business district of Rock Park!”

“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.

A piece of a whale on the street.
At least three chunks were seen in the Queens neighborhood.
A piece of a whale on the street.
Agencies cut the animal into pieces and buried it in the sand.
A piece of a whale on the street.
The pieces may have been part of a calf that washed on the neighborhood’s beach last week.
A piece of a whale on the street.
The whale died despite rescue attempts by surfers and construction workers.
An NYPD Special Operations unit is seen patrolling the flooded area.
An NYPD Special Operations unit is seen patrolling the flooded area.
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Several vehicles are seen in flood waters after the Rockaways were hit with a storm.
Several vehicles are seen in flood waters after the Rockaways were hit with a storm.
Flooding is seen in the Rockaways on Beach 72nd Street.
Flooding is seen in the Rockaways on Beach 72nd Street.
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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.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/23/chunks-of-sperm-whale-found-in-queens-after-storm-surge/

 

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