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Significant parasitic infections found in beached whale at Cape Henlopen

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Preliminary necropsy results show that the young fin whale that beached itself and died at Cape Henlopen State Park last week was riddled with parasites.

“There was a lot going on,” said Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute Executive Director Suzanne Thurman.

Measured by MERR to be 57 feet long, the whale first showed up in Lewes on Thursday, Aug. 26, stuck on a sandbar in the Harbor of Refuge. It was able to free itself when the tide came in, but a short time later, beached itself again on the oceanside of The Point.

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The whale's tail fin was still flapping the morning of Friday, Aug. 27.

Around noon Aug. 27, after many onlookers had come to catch a glimpse of its tail flapping in the surf, and just moments after Virginia Aquarium representatives had arrived to provide palliative care and possible euthanasia, the whale stopped breathing, according to a MERR Facebook post.

The whale had to be cut into several pieces to move it out of the water for necropsy.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service