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Finback whale washes up in Boston Harbor

  • In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9,  due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter)

    In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9, due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9,  due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter)

    In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9, due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 30-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)

    In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 30-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 30-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)

    In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 30-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium) Purchase photo reprints »

  • CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)

    CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium) Purchase photo reprints »

  • CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)

    CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium) Purchase photo reprints »

  • CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)

    CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)

    In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)

    In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9,  due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter)

    In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9, due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter) Purchase photo reprints »

  • In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9,  due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter)
  • In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9,  due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter)
  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 30-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)
  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 30-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)
  • CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)
  • CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)
  • CORRECTS LENGTH OF WHALE TO 50 FEET, NOT 30 FEET- In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)
  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)
  • In this photo provided by the New England Aquarium, boaters watch as a dead 50-foot finback whale floats in the Boston Harbor, near Deer Island, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. Simpson says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples. (AP Photo/The New England Aquarium)
  • In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, stands in his trailer during the preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  Red Bull Stratos announced Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner have been moved from Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 9,  due to a cold front with gusty winds. The jump can only be made if winds on the ground are under 2 mph for the initial launch a balloon carrying Baumgartner. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Joerg Mitter)

Authorities don’t know the cause of death.

Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday. He says the Coast Guard took a team from the New England Aquarium to examine the whale and take samples.

New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told WCVB-TV that biologists spotted bruising and pressure lines on the finback which can be caused by something wrapping around the whale.

Simpson says the whale has been beached at Long Island, in the middle of Boston Harbor, and a necropsy is planned.

The finback is the second-longest whale in the world behind the blue whale. It can reach about 70 feet and weigh up to 70 tons.

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