Stranding Response Team Responds to Stranded Female Minke Whale

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

​(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) – Late this morning, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team responded to a stranded Female Minke Whale (B.Acutorostrata ) near the Damn Neck Naval base. The whale was deceased at the time it was discovered.  The whale measured 430.7cm. Heavy equipment on the Dam Neck Base is currently assisting moving the animal above the high tide line and the Stranding Team will conduct a necropsy Friday morning. 

The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program’s mission is to promote the conservation of marine animal species through stranding response, research, rehabilitation and education. It is largely a volunteer-based group operating from the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Care Center in Virginia Beach. The program is supported by the Virginia Aquarium Foundation through donations from the community, and grant-making organizations. To report a dead or live stranded marine mammal or sea turtle call the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program 24-hour hotline at (757) 437-6159.