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Experts: Ship strike may have killed whale found on a Long Island beach

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BABYLON, New York — Experts say a ship strike may have caused the death of a 12-foot minke (MIHNK'-ee) whale found on a Long Island beach.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said Friday that the whale had signs of blunt force trauma. It appears sharks bit the creature after it was already dead.

The adult male, which was about 12 feet long, washed up this week at Robert Moses State Park.

Rob DiGiovanni of the Riverhead Foundation says minke whales are common in the waters off Long Island.

In recent weeks, a humpback and a True's beaked whale have also been found on Long Island beaches.

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