40-Foot-Long Whale Washes Up on Atlantic Beach in Long Island

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We're already had a number of shark sightings this summer, and now it seems we've moved on to dead whale sightings. Specifically, a poor, dead finback whale, gender unknown, estimated at 30 to 40 feet long, which has washed up on Atlantic Beach in Long Island. According to the Wall Street Journal, marine biologists had been tracking the whale, which was first seen near Long Branch, New Jersey, since Sunday. Biologists will conduct a forensic examination to determine the cause of death, and disposal will be arranged via Hempstead town officials. A local resident, Raina Russo, told the Long Island Press the whale may have been in an accident (its tail was sliced) and "looks like its been dead for a few days."(Maybe steer clear of the beach today?) [via WSJ]

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Al B. Singer (from Queens)
Al B. Singer (from Queens)

I didn't say it was Queens-- it ** is ** however about 20-25 minute WALK from the A train and even closer to Queens as the seagull flies.

Faux-clever "churnalists" who repost articles like this without noting that Atlantic Beach isn't very far from NYC are fooling only others ignorant of local geography. Were the wind and tide slightly different, the whale would have been in Queens, which is rather interesting, I'd think.

Were this anywhere east of even, say, Valley Stream it might not merit comment but as one more example of VV's NYC ignorance, it stands out like... a dead whale on the beach. 

Jen Doll
Jen Doll

Al. B. can we talk? Please email me. JDoll@villagevoice.com. I will let you tell me all about what i need to know.

Epac
Epac

I'm sure the whale doesn't care where it washed up.

Al B. Slinger from Queens
Al B. Slinger from Queens

"In Long Island"? Where are you from anyway? 

As if two counties in New York City aren't also part of "Long Island" (hint: that's why it was the Long Island Historical Society, Long Island University etc) and--

Even if Ortega doesn't let you leave the office, do you know how close Atlantic Beach is to... Queens?

Try a map next time? Better yet, ride a bike to Atlantic Beach, it's not difficult, or take the A and walk over.

Harry Cheadle
Harry Cheadle

"Long Island" colloquially refers to the parts of Long Island that aren't Brooklyn or Queens. And I looked up Atlantic Beach and it's on that weird narrow island that includes Long Beach--definitely not Queens. If you want people to start calling places in Brooklyn and Queens "Long Island" you've already lost that fight. 

Jen Doll
Jen Doll

Aw, I'd give you a hug but Ortega never lets me leave the office.

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