- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - A dead whale has washed ashore on a beach in Hampton.

Matt Klepeisz with the Virginia Aquarium tells the Daily Press (https://bit.ly/2pDAZAk ) the Minke whale was found at the Grandview Nature Preserve.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the whale died. Klepeisz says officials are working out the logistics to determine its cause of death. They were notified of the whale Sunday.

Klepeisz says Virginia Aquarium officials have only encountered a handful of Minke whales that have washed ashore in recent years. By comparison, he says they recorded seven dead humpback whales the 2016-2017 season, which ran from November to April.

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Information from: Daily Press, https://www.dailypress.com/

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