Pics: Emergency workers fight to save beached whale in Breezy Point, Queens; Update: Whale can’t be saved

Forget getting a cat out of the tree. Firefighters, police and other emergency workers are in Breezy Point, Queens today tending to a 30-foot beached whale. There’s speculation that it’s a humpback whale, but that has not been confirmed.

Beached humpback whale washes ashore in Queens, NY; volunteer firefighters are pumping seawater on it to keep it alive.

— Melanie Eversley (@MelanieEversley) December 26, 2012

More amazing images from the New York City beach:

This beached whale at Breezy Point, Queens :(… (h/t @alexjamesfitz)

— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) December 26, 2012

Another photo of the beached whale at Breezy Point, Qns… (@nbcnewyork)

— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) December 26, 2012

Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department is pumping sea water on a 30 foot beached whale at Beach 216 St in Breezy Point.…

— Jillsie (@jillapallooza) December 26, 2012

Beached whale in Breezy this morning…

— Shannon Rom (@shannon_rom) December 26, 2012


Sorry, guys. This story doesn’t have a fairy tale ending.

The beached whale can’t be saved! So sad….

— Leah O (@leya_o) December 26, 2012

Newsday reports that the finback whale was already very sick when it turned up on the Breezy Point beach.

Marine biologists in Breezy Point, Queens, Wednesday afternoon said they will not be able to save the life of a beached finback whale beached on the Jamaica Bay shoreline, but planned to let it die a natural death.

Update, 12/27/12:

AP: Wildlife official says whale that beached itself in Queens, New York has died.

— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) December 27, 2012

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