- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) - Experts are investigating the death of a 12-foot minke (MIHNK’-ee) whale found on a Long Island beach.

Rob DiGiovanni of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation says the whale was found Wednesday night at Robert Moses State Park.

He says the adult male appears to be about 3 years old. The whale appeared to have shark bites, but he says that may have happened after it died.

A necropsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

DiGiovanni says minke whales are common in the waters off Long Island.

In recent weeks, a humpback and a True’s beaked whale have also washed up on Long Island beaches.

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