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Third dead whale found washed ashore in Hampton Roads

Alex Costidis, right, coordinator with the Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response team, and Kristy Phillips, necropsy manager, center, measure the length of a cut on a juvenile humpback whale before performing a necropsy at Craney Island in Portsmouth, Va., on Friday morning, Feb. 3, 2017. The whale appeared to have been struck by a large propeller, and found dead near the Hampton Road Bridge-Tunnel. On the left is Jennifer Keen, a volunteer, recording the findings. (The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Alex Costidis, right, coordinator with the Virginia Aquarium’s Stranding Response team, and Kristy Phillips, necropsy manager, center, measure the length of a cut on a juvenile humpback whale before performing a necropsy at Craney Island in Portsmouth, Va., on Friday morning, Feb. 3, 2017. The whale appeared to have been struck by a large propeller, and found dead near the Hampton Road Bridge-Tunnel. On the left is Jennifer Keen, a volunteer, recording the findings. (The’ N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A third dead humpback whale has been spotted in the Hampton Roads area this month.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center spokesman Matt Klepeisz says a male juvenile humpback whale came ashore on Virginia Beach either Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Aquarium stranding team coordinator Alex Costidis tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2kBS8DO ) that the 30-foot-long whale had three large wounds that were probably caused by propellers. He estimated the whale was 2 to 4 years old and weighed 13,000 to 16,000 pounds.

A dead humpback whale was also found near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel on Feb. 2 and another was discovered dead near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Feb. 4.

Officials say it is common for the creatures to be off the Virginia beach coast this time of year.

 

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