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HOPE fades FOR whale stuck on new york beach

An ailing finback whale has been found washed ashore in a coastal enclave of New York City that was hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Emergency workers and marine biologists responded to a report of a 60ft whale stranded in Queens.

Biologist Mendy Garron said it was unclear what caused the whale to beach itself, but its chances of survival appear slim. She said the whale "looks very compromised".

The neighbourhood of Breezy Point is still recovering from the October storm that caused a fire that destroyed 100 homes.