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Whale sighted in the Chesapeake Bay

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Bryan, Terri and Jonathan Flagg of Deltaville and Ashland were on their boat in the Rappahannock River on Sunday, October 10 when they spotted a whale in the Chesapeake Bay near Windmill Point.

Jonathan took photos of the whale with his blackberry camera. Paul Summers of White Stone and Annapolis, MD was also fishing in that same area with his father and spotted the whale. They rode along beside it for about 30 minutes. “It was a very large whale,” said Summers. “I’ve done a lot of ocean fishing and seen a lot of whales. This was probably a humpback and a mature adult.” The whale was spotted in about 20 feet of water.

According to Joan Barnes with the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach, whale sightings in the Chesapeake Bay are not unheard of but they aren’t common. Staff from the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response team also believe it was a humpback.

posted 10.21.2010

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