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Whale spotted in the Elizabeth River

40-Foot Whale Spotted in Unlikely Place

A whale has been spotted in the Elizabeth River.

WTKR reports: The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team has been monitoring the live whale daily since last Thursday, August 14.

The 40 foot whale was originally spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in the James River between the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel. It was immediately noted there were no obvious signs of entanglement or injury, Aquarium officials say.

Since then, the whale has been seen actively swimming in circles and laps in various Elizabeth River locations, most recently in the river's Southern Branch near the Jordan Bridge and Paradise Creek.

The Stranding Response Team has observed that the whale is thin and obviously disoriented, officials say. The Stranding Response Team has gone out with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission- (VMRC) Marine Police and NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement to locate the whale and continue to monitor its behavior.

Without a full view of the whale's body, it is challenging to positively identify its species. The team suspects it could be a sei whale. These whales are located worldwide, but usually live in pelagic waters offshore, officials say.

The USCG Hampton Roads continues to broadcast a warning to mariners to reduce speed and report any sightings of the whale to the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response 24 hour hotline 385-7575 or on the VHF to USCG who will inform the Aquarium.

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mygailbaby August 20 2014 at 1:44 PM

Poor thing. I hope they can help it get back where it should be. Magnificent creature.

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Franco mygailbaby August 20 2014 at 10:14 PM

Are the thousands of small fish that it kills chopped liver? Aren't they magnificent creatures too? I hope it dies, in order to make the smalleer fish live.

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pboucard50 August 20 2014 at 12:44 PM

Maybe the whale is tired of living in the garbage dump we made of the ocean and is trying to find another home, like humans trying to go to Mars.

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Franco pboucard50 August 20 2014 at 10:08 PM

Looks to me like it's heading up shiids creek without paddles.

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Elizabeth pboucard50 August 21 2014 at 3:48 AM

If so, it is looking in the wrong place. That river is not pretty.

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moose August 20 2014 at 1:12 PM

DAMN IT, when are people (including all the governments worldwide) realize we all are in this thing called 'Life' together and this planet earth is our (all living beings) home. People were obviously put here as GUARDIANS (Caretakers) of this beautiful planet.. All of us need to do everything in our powers to stop raping, polluting and killing this planet and all the life on it and start restoring and protecting all natural habitats and wildlife.. This whale is most likely disoriented due to all the super sonar testing the miitary does in our oceans along with pollution of the oceans killing off food chains that whales, dolphins and other animals depend on. Disgusting human behaviour on so many levels.

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ofleck moose August 20 2014 at 2:44 PM

Breathe (inhale) & relax (calm down) before you hurt (injure) yourself.
All that conjecture (guessing) is going to give you a coronary (heart attack)!

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mouse ofleck August 20 2014 at 7:38 PM

You want to ignore what's going on in the world? You must be a Republicant global warming denial person.

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Franco moose August 20 2014 at 10:11 PM

The earth has it's own way to wipe it's butt, wash behind the ears and clean it'self of fleas, us.

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kscacchi August 20 2014 at 4:54 PM

They last time something like this was seen the animal died. After performaing an necropsy it was found to have plastic bags blocking its stomach which made it impossible for the animal to eat or survive. It seems this whale has the exact same behavior as the previous deceased whale..very sad.

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PERFORATOR August 20 2014 at 4:02 PM

Poor Rosie O'donnel cant even go in for a dip to cool off without people getting upset.

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Randy August 20 2014 at 1:18 PM

Hey moose , chill out B4 you have a coronary

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moose Randy August 21 2014 at 2:12 AM

Don't be concerning yourself about my heart. That's the problem with today's mentality, most everyone just 'chills' not caring about important issues such as saving & protecting all life . No the dumb azzes born and raised in the last 20 plus years just 'Chill' or Brain DEAD, while sitting on the side lines observing the destruction of life itself.

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lov2elkhnt August 20 2014 at 5:12 PM

OK whale folks, anyone notice the dorsal fin bent denoting a sense of captivity and distress, or loss of fellow pod and open sea?

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ga7smi lov2elkhnt August 20 2014 at 11:25 PM


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blanketyblankblank August 20 2014 at 3:52 PM

trying to get away from the NAVY sonar blasts that are killing marine life all over the ocean.

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jan2curtis August 20 2014 at 7:10 PM

stopping the navy sonaring with its new rail gun they already admitted they were "prepared" to kill hundreds of thousands of sealife and mammals....and here it is..upsetting everything..there is a petition against it on my pg pls share and sign..this is deadly for oceans and oceans die, we die!

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avercos August 20 2014 at 2:51 PM

There must be some marine group that could help it... even "put a temporary holding area" in the bay for it, so they can see if it is sick -- and if so, hopefully help it.

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