Huge gray back whale washed into New York City

A giant whale, 18m long, washed ashore in New York City, USA on the morning of Wednesday 26/12. Although many people have tried to rescue, the whale seems to have very little chance of survival.

A giant whale, 18m long, washed ashore in New York City, USA on the morning of Wednesday 26/12. Although many people have tried to rescue, the whale seems to have very little chance of survival.

Picture 1 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City

Picture 1 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City


The whale is about 18m long.

Experts say the sick whale is a gray dorsal, the second largest species of whale, after the blue whale. The whale has washed ashore in Breezy Point, Queens.

Picture 2 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City

Picture 2 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City


The whale hardly moves and the body is not completely healed.

After the whale washed ashore in Breezy Point, Queens, police and firefighters quickly sprayed water on it to wait for the experts to arrive. But Mendy Garron, a member of the NOAA Federal Fisheries Agency, said the whale was "really thin and the body was not healed".

Picture 3 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City

Picture 3 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City


This gray back whale's chances of survival are very small.

She also said the whale is located almost immobile and certainly hard to return to the sea.

According to Garron, whales themselves go ashore for many reasons, such as 'due to natural causes, aging or illness and sometimes also caused by humans, such as by crashing a ship or fishing net'.

Picture 4 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City

Picture 4 of Huge gray back whale washed into New York City


Firefighters tried to pump water on the whale in hopes of saving it.

Mature gray back whales can reach 27m long and weigh up to 70 tons. This species can be found throughout the oceans and can live up to 100 years.