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Minke whale that swam to shallow waters dies

August 6, 2018

MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A minke whale that appeared to be in distress as it swam off the coast of Massachusetts has died.

The New England Aquarium tells WCVB-TV the whale died Saturday night. Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse says the whale went into shallow water near Marshfield on Saturday afternoon. LaCasse says there’s a chance the whale was very ill because it swam to shore.

Witnesses say the whale thrashed in the water for hours and hit rocks near a jetty. Biologists believe the whale is one of dozens that have died along the coast this year.

The aquarium plans to investigate the death to determine if it had a disease or virus. The Marshfield harbormaster is also investigating.

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Information from: WCVB-TV, http://www.thebostonchannel.com

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