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Right whale found off Virginia Beach coast died of ‘catastrophic injuries’ from vessel strike, NOAA says

Posted on AllSides April 4th, 2024
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A North Atlantic right whale found dead off the Virginia Beach coast was found to have “catastrophic injuries” and vertebrae fractures, according to a necropsy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that preliminary findings from the necropsy, or animal autopsy, showed the female whale had a dislocation of her spine and fractures to all vertebrae in the lower back. “These findings are consistent with blunt force trauma from a vessel strike prior to death,” the update reads. “Additional histological and diagnostic testing of samples is pending.” Sarah Sharp, Animal...

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