BOSTON (October 8, 2012)--A 50-foot finback whale has been found dead, floating in Boston Harbor and authorities don't know the cause of the whale’s death, the Coast Guard says.
Petty Officer Robert Simpson said the whale was spotted early Sunday.
He said the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples.
New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told WCVB-TV that biologists spotted bruising and pressure lines on the finback, which could have been caused by something wrapping around the whale.
Simpson says the whale has been beached at Long Island, in the middle of Boston Harbor, and a necropsy is planned.
The finback is the second-longest whale in the world behind the blue whale and can reach about 70 feet in length and weigh as much as 70 tons.