- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

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 (https://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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