There had been reports of hundreds spadelfish washing up along three miles of the beaches at Alabama. There’s still no cause for the hundreds of dead fish that were found dead along the gulf shores over the weekend. They were also found along the gulf state pier Saturday morning. Park officials said it was unusual to see spade fish in that area this early in the year. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will take the fish in for testing.
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Sunday morning a dead whale was found in Sandbridge, Virginia. Sei whale was 12meters long and staffers from the Virginia Beach Aquarium were at the scene preserving the body untill necropsy of the animal shown the cause of death. Sei whale is not common to the Virginia Beach area.
The sei whale is a baleen whale, the third-largest rorqual after the blue whale and the fin whale. It inhabits most oceans and adjoining seas, and prefers deep offshore waters. It avoids polar and tropical waters and semi-enclosed bodies of water. The sei whale migrates annually from cool and subpolar waters in summer to winter in temperate and subtropical waters.
It could reach 20 meters (66 ft) long and weighing as much as 45 tonnes (44 LT; 50 ST). Sei whale is among the fastest of all cetaceans, and can reach speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph) (27 knots) over short distances.
Following large-scale commercial whaling during the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when over 238,000 whales were taken, the sei whale is now internationally protected, although limited hunting occurs under controversial research programmes conducted by Iceland and Japan. As of 2006, its worldwide population was about 54,000, about a fifth of its pre-whaling population.
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