From the Times Ledger:
Police rushed to the shore of Little Neck Bay Wednesday evening after hearing reports of a beached whale. There, just off the pedestrian path that runs along the Cross Island Parkway, they found a 3-foot-long harbor porpoise already dead, with a series of lacerations along its body.
“Unfortunately, it had already been decomposing,” said city Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson. “We estimate it had been dead for about two days.”
Officers removed the small marine mammal from the shore and turned it over to the Riverhead Foundation, a marine wildlife rescue group.