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Humpback Whale Washes Up On Stonington Beach

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A humpback whale washed up on Lords Point in Stonington July 23, 2012.  Photo courtesy of Mystic Aquarium spokesperson Erin Merz.

A humpback whale washed up on Lords Point in Stonington July 23, 2012. Photo courtesy of Mystic Aquarium spokesperson Erin Merz.

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ A dead humpback whale has washed up on a beach in Stonington.

The female humpback measures about 20 feet long and was found floating in a few feet of water Monday at a beach in the Lords Point area. A crowd of about 40 gathered to look at it.

Mike Osborn, director of mammals and birds at the Mystic Aquarium, said the aquarium hopes to move the animal to a different location to perform a necropsy.

He said the whale would be pulled out to deeper waters if the carcass is too decayed to determine the cause of death.

Humpbacks are listed federally as an endangered species. Federal officials say the best estimate for its North Atlantic population is 11,570.

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