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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/22/2010

Fifty-ton whale washes ashore in Delaware

By Washington Post editors

Just a week after the body of a female humpback whale washed ashore in Ocean City, authorities say the body of another whale was discovered Friday at Fenwick Island in Delaware.

Suzanne Thurman, executive director for the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute, Inc., said the 50 ton, 61-foot Fin whale was first spotted by the Coast Guard on Wednesday, but didn't wash ashore until Friday afternoon. Thurman, whose non-profit group is conducting an examination of the whale, estimated the whale had been dead for at least a week.

On March 13, a 10-ton, 27-foot-long humpback whale washed up on the beach at Ocean City . The young female whale had also apparently died at sea, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | March 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
 
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