Last night, around 6 P.M., a 12-foot-long whale, possibly a sperm whale, washed ashore near 19th Street in Coney Island. The whale was long dead and so was not easy to identify. Parks Department workers quickly removed the mysterious mammal and a necropsy is to be performed today by the Atlantis Marine World Agency in an undisclosed location. The goal of the procedure is to get a look at the whale's jaw bone in order to figure out what kind it is.

The first thing that Gothamist thought of when we heard about the whale was the "Marine Biologist" episode of Seinfeld. And while the dead whale is no longer on Coney, you can still see live beluga whales a hop and skip down the beach at the NY Aquarium.