Mystic Aquarium sends pilot whale tissue to lab

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Mystic Aquarium says it has sent tissue from stranded whales off to a pathologist to determine the cause of death.

The aquarium's stranding coordinator Janelle Schuh says the necropsy didn't turn up anything unusual and there were no signs that they were caught up in fishing lines.

Schuh says they were pilot whales, an adult female about 15-feet long and a male juvenile about 9-feet long.

"For them to have a couple come up on the beach, that's unfortunately something that we have seen with this species before."

Schuh says early summer is when pilot whales migrate off the New England coast and there are between 1 and 4 whale beachings a year. The whales were discovered on a Middletown beach on Monday.

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