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Dead Minke Whale Found in Marsh on Virginia's Eastern Shore

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The nearly 24-foot minke whale washed up along a grassy island Saturday outside Wachapreague, about 75 miles north of Norfolk. (Photo credit: David Bell/Virginia Eastern Shore Keeper Facebook Page) The nearly 24-foot minke whale washed up along a grassy island Saturday outside Wachapreague, about 75 miles north of Norfolk. (Photo credit: David Bell/Virginia Eastern Shore Keeper Facebook Page)

WACHAPREAGUE, Va. (AP)- A minke whale has been found dead on a mudflat on Virginia's Eastern Shore and officials say it might have become entangled by a rope or line.
    
Local news organizations report that the nearly 24-foot whale washed up along a grassy island Saturday outside Wachapreague, about 75 miles north of Norfolk.
    
Alexander Costidis, coordinator of the Virginia Aquarium's stranding response program, says the female whale had neck injuries indicating it had been entangled.
    
Costidis couldn't confirm Monday whether the whale's entanglement resulted in its death.
    
He says minke whales are not uncommon in these waters and about one or two get stranded each year along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts.
    
The American Cetacean Society says minke whales have narrow jaws and slender, streamlined bodies.

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