WACHAPREAGUE, VA. (AP) - A nearly 24-foot mature minke whale found dead in a grassy island on Virginia's Eastern Shore might have been entangled by a rope or line.
News outlets report the female whale washed up onto a mud flat Saturday outside Wachapreague in Accomack County, about 75 miles north of Norfolk. Alexander Costidis, the Virginia Aquarium's stranding response program coordinator, tells the Virginian-Pilot the whale had neck injuries indicating that 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 along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts in a given year.
The American Cetacean Society says minke whales have narrow jaws and slender, streamlined bodies.