CSI : Chesapeake Bay – whale’s death investigated (Virginia, USA)

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A whale, likely a fin or humpback, was found dead in a shallow-water area near the Maryland-Virginia state line in the Chesapeake Bay, an official said. / Submitted Image by VNR police officer Richie Pruit A whale, likely a fin or humpback, was found dead in a shallow-water area near the Maryland-Virginia state line in the Chesapeake Bay, an official said. / Submitted Image by VNR police officer Richie Pruit

Va. stranding team works to ID dead whale carcass

February 25th, 2014 (Ted Shockley). VIRGINIA BEACH — It was likely a fin or humpback whale that was found dead in a shallow-water area near the Maryland-Virginia state line in the Chesapeake Bay, an official said.

Rescue teams with the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team hope to learn more about the 30-foot-long animal’s death from samples taken from its badly decomposed body.

Part of the difficulty with identifying it is the animal is partially submerged in shallow water, unlike whale strandings in which the animal is beached, so it is difficult to see its markings.

“They are hoping to talk with others and identify…

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