Large Whale Washes Up on Del. Beach

A large ship reported a near collision with a whale earlier this week, but officials say there's no way to tell if it was this 40-foot whale that was struck.

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This 40-foot whale washed up on the shore in South Bethany, Del. It had first been spotted by the Coast Guard early Thursday.
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Beach goers and Bethany Beach officials watch as the whale's body makes its way to shore.
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This is the first large whale stranding of the year in Delaware. Earlier this month, a 31-foot female Atlantic humpback was beached in Ocean City.
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Suzanne Thurman, director of Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute, told Delmarvanow that samples will be taken from the whale and studied to determine cause of death.
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Erin Shaw @ireland82
Large whales usually migrate in the Spring.
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Earlier in the week, a large ship reported a near collision with a whale, but Thurman told the newspaper there's no way to tell if it was with this whale.
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According to Thurman, the whale will be buried beneath the sand.
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