An endangered whale has died after getting stranded on a beach in a coastal enclave of New York City.
Mendy Garron of the National Marine Fisheries Service says officials found the 60-ft (18-metre) finback whale dead today.
The animal was first discovered yesterday beached on the bay side of Breezy Point, a beachfront neighbourhood ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. The whale was alive but severely emaciated.
The whale drifted away at high tide and washed ashore again this morning.
The neighbourhood of Breezy Point is still recovering from the October storm that caused serious flooding and a fire that destroyed 100 homes.
www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ (National Marine Fisheries Service)