Authorities investigate after 30-foot dead whale found off the coast of Virginia

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Police and marine professionals pulled in a deceased whale that was found in the ocean near the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, according to WTKR.

Officials confirmed that Virginia Marine Police assisted the boat, Cape Henry Express, in bringing in the whale.

Researchers will perform a necropsy, or animal autopsy, Sunday, January 28. The necropsy logistics are being organized by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, overseen by NOAA Fisheries, according to NOAA.

The whale was a female and was about 30 feet long.

Preliminary observations suggest that the whale died due to the entanglement. Officials said that the whale was tangled in some type of line.