NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A dead humpback whale washed ashore on Rockaway Beach on Tuesday morning.

The remains were discovered around 7 a.m. on the beach at 117th Street.

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The Coast Guard originally spotted the dead mammal floating about nine miles off shore Monday.

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Investigators are waiting for the next low tide to assess the 25-foot long whale’s remains and determine a cause of death, CBS2 reported.

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The public is urged to keep away from the animal.