WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A humpback whale found stranded on the Eastern Shore of Virginia will be euthanized, officials say.
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach says the whale was found on a secluded section of Wallops Island Wednesday morning. A stranding response team was sent to the site, but aquarium officials say a television helicopter flying overhead was putting the whale under stress and preventing the team from getting to the whale.
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center says the whale will be euthanized.
The aquarium's marketing director, Linda Candler, says stranded whales typically don't survive and volunteers won't try to put the whale back in the ocean.
Candler says initial reports from the stranding team indicate that the whale was a large juvenile.
She says the whale is between 30 and 40 feet long. A necropsy will be performed on Thursday.
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