1-year-old whale washes ashore in Delaware

INDIAN RIVER INLET - December 18, 2009

The discovery was reported early Thursday afternoon. Volunteers went to the site to recover the whale, but it was larger than they had anticipated.

The volunteers returned to the location around 9:00 a.m. Friday and were able to load the whale onto a vehicle and transport it to the Merr Institute in Lewes.

Suzanne Thurman of Merr says the whale is a male pilot and is about a year old.

Thurman says there are no signs of injury to the whale and a necropsy will be performed on Monday to determine the cause of death.

The whale was found at the north side of the inlet at Delaware Seashore State Park.

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