4th dead whale washes ashore on East Coast; first 3 died after large ships struck them
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — A fourth humpback whale washed ashore in Virginia, this time at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
Matthew Klepeisz, the public relations manager at the Virginia Aquarium, told Delmarva Now that a necropsy is planned for this week, but they are unsure what they will be able to find due to the whale's decomposition.
This whale washed ashore over the weekend, but the cause of death is uncertain at this time.
The first whale surfaced on Feb. 2 in the Chesapeake Bay, the second washed onto the Eastern Shore on Feb. 7, and the third went ashore on Cape Henry in Virginia Beach on Feb. 13. Officials determined these three whales died after being struck by large ships.