Dead Whales Found On OBX & Near Virginia Beach

A North Atlantic Right Whale washed ashore on the Outer Banks near Jennette's Pier the same day the carcass of Sei whale was found just up the coast near Virginia Beach.

Both whales washed ashore on Sunday.

Karen Clark with The Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network says a necropsy was performed on the Right Whale Monday, which was a mature female. Clark says the North Atlantic Right Whale is the most endangered whale with less than 400 remaining.

Clark says the whale was highly decomposed and had some old scars and evidence of previous entanglements. She also say there are patterns on the animal that allowed them to identify the animal from research that has been conducted on them.

The carcass of the Sei whale was found in Sandbridge, near Virginia Beach Sunday morning. It was about 35 to 40 feet long.

Staffers from the Virginia Beach Aquarium were dispatched to the site so that it could be secured, and not wash back into the ocean. A necropsy on the animal is planned to determine the cause of death.
Sei whales are not common to the Virginia Beach area.

It was earlier this month that a humpback whale was spotted in the Core Sound off the Carteret County coast and had to be put down after being wounded by a propeller.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    I am impressed that no loony bin has mentioned the miilitary sonar yet - Kudos
  • by NEWPORT Location: newport on Mar 30, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    ITS RADIATION--I USED TO LIVE 5 MILES FROM 3 MILE ISLAND---THEY LIED ABOUT THAT AND THEY ARE KYING ABOUT JAPAN----LOOK UP 3 MILE ISLAND---ALOT OF PEOPLES ANIMALS DIED WHEN THAT HAPPENED---ALSO THAT PART OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS SOME OF THE HIGHEST INCIDENTS OF AUTISM---MY DAUGHTER BEING ONE OF THEM---PROTECT YOURSELVES AND BELIEVE NOTHING----!!!!!!!
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      by US-First on Mar 30, 2011 at 11:05 PM in reply to NEWPORT
      Your last two words are good advice and I will use them when reading your post. Good luck in the loony-ben.
  • by Mike3 Location: Jax on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Tuna Salad sandwich? Anyone?
  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    I saw 2 whales on the beach last summer.both were wearing bikini's.
  • by @Darren Location: dare on Mar 30, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    you said it! they will probably try to come up with something.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    I heard about that. Just hope that this does'nt give these treehuggers any reason to try to keep us from driving on the beach.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    Japan radiation?
  • by Geography Location: Va Beach on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:18 AM
    I'm assuming that the writer meant Sandbridge is near Virginia Beach's oceanfront area as Sandbridge IS IN Virginia Beach. Either way, these deaths are terribly sad. Lots of animals can strand or beach themselves when they're sick or tired. We've recently had an adult Harp Seal spotted several times along the beaches of Sandbridge. Let's hope they solve this mystery!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:44 PM
    One of my Oscars died today, I think there is something going on.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    This is al gores fault.To much global cooling.
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