Dead Whale Washes Ashore at End of LaGuardia Airport Runway

VIDEO: The New York City airport is figuring out how to remove the mammal.PlayWABC
WATCH Dead Whale Washes Ashore at End of LaGuardia Airport Runway

New York City's LaGuardia Airport had an unexpected arrival Thursday afternoon: A dead whale.

PHOTO: A dead minke whale washed ashore at the end of LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y., on January 13, 2016. WABC-TV
A dead minke whale washed ashore at the end of LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y., on January 13, 2016.

The 15-foot minke whale washed ashore in Flushing Bay and was discovered on an embankment leading up to one of the runways, WABC-TV reported.

It is unclear how the whale died.

The minke whale typically weighs between 5 tons and 6 tons, which is smaller than a humpback whale.

The airport is consulting with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation -- which wants to examine the whale -- to figure how to remove the mammal without disrupting LaGuardia's flight operations, according to WABC-TV.

"To actually have a whale at this location is a new location," said Kimberly Durham, a biologist and the conservation group's rescue program director. "It's certainly in proximity to Port Authority and operations that go there, there's a lot of things that have to be taken into consideration and we'll be working with the Port Authority to see what we can do regarding this carcass."