This one’s a heartbreaker. Animal rescue specialists from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they’ve done all they can to help the endangered finback whale that washed up on the beach at Breezy Point yesterday, and that it is very likely to die. The rescuers arrived yesterday afternoon to find the beast “emaciated and bleeding with its vital signs slowing,” according to DNAinfo, and eventually decided to give up their efforts in favor of pursuing a euthanasia plan–which could take up to 24 hours.

According to Riverhead Foundation senior biologist Rob DiGiovanni, from the looks of the whale, it was in bad shape long before it washed ashore. “When you have an animal that is this compromised, this emaciated, that should be 40 or 50 tons,” he said. “For this animal to be so emaciated that you could see its rib cage, it is an animal that has been compromised for a very long time.”

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