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Whale stranded on New York City beach dies: official

A deceased beached whale lies on a beach with the skyline of New York rising behind it in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A deceased beached whale lies on a beach with the skyline of New York rising behind it in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has...more

A deceased beached whale lies on a beach with the skyline of New York rising behind it in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A deceased whale lies on a beach in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A deceased whale lies on a beach in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday....more

A deceased whale lies on a beach in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A deceased beached whale lies on a beach with the skyline of New York rising behind it in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A deceased beached whale lies on a beach with the skyline of New York rising behind it in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has...more

A deceased beached whale lies on a beach with the skyline of New York rising behind it in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Blood is seen on the skin of a deceased whale as its carcass lies on a beach in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Blood is seen on the skin of a deceased whale as its carcass lies on a beach in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine...more

Blood is seen on the skin of a deceased whale as its carcass lies on a beach in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. A 60-foot finback whale that washed up on a beach in New York City on Wednesday has died, a marine rescue official said on Thursday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Emergency personnel and researchers stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Emergency personnel and researchers stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Emergency personnel and researchers stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A man holds his son's hand as they walk past a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A man holds his son's hand as they walk past a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A man holds his son's hand as they walk past a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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An officer from the New York State Environmental Conservation Police walks past a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

An officer from the New York State Environmental Conservation Police walks past a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

An officer from the New York State Environmental Conservation Police walks past a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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An emergency personnel reaches out to touch a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

An emergency personnel reaches out to touch a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

An emergency personnel reaches out to touch a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Waves break over the head of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Waves break over the head of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Waves break over the head of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Emergency personnel reach out to touch a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Emergency personnel reach out to touch a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Emergency personnel reach out to touch a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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A researcher from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation talks on the phone in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A researcher from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation talks on the phone in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A researcher from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation talks on the phone in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Children stand behind police tape to look at a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Children stand behind police tape to look at a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Children stand behind police tape to look at a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Researchers from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Researchers from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Researchers from the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and preservation stand in front of a deceased beached whale in the Queens borough region of Breezy Point, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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