Second dead whale spotted in Hampton Roads waters in less than week's time

13News Now Chenue Her has the story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- For the second time in less than a week, someone spotted a dead whale off the shores of Hampton Roads.

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center (VAMSC) spokesman Matt Klepeisz told 13News Now that the body of the whale was near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Someone with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission reported seeing the whale Sunday.

Members of the VAMSC's Stranding Response Team were working to determine the exact location as well as how to reach the whale and bring its body to shore.

Klepeisz says early estimates put the whale at about 30 feet, which is "consistent with the size animal we would expect to see in this area."

It's about the same size as the juvenile humpback whale found floating Thursday near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Officials have said an initial exam showed wounds on that whale consistent with a strike by a large propeller.

PHOTOS: Dead humpback whale in the Chesapeake Bay

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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