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Dead North Atlantic Right Whale washes ashore on Flagler Beach

4:05 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. -- Crews with NOAA will perform a necropsy to find out what killed a North Atlantic Right Whale that washed ashore late Tuesday night.

An official with the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association told First Coast News the necropsy on the one-year-old whale will be done at the beach where it washed ashore.

After the necropsy the whale will be buried at the beach.

NOAA crews said no health hazard is posed by the whale, so long as people stay away from any whale matter on the beach.

NOAA said the whale had a large rope wrapped around its tail but no exact cause of death is known yet.

Crews are working to roll and drag the several thousand pound whale farther away from the water so they can begin determining what killed it.

Agencies at the beach include NOAA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Fisheries Service, the University of Florida, the University of North Florida, the Georgia Aquarium, Marineland, United States Geological Survey, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Volusia County Marine Mammal Stranding Program and Sea World.

 

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