Boaters Get Up Close With A Whale Off Our Coast

Some beach goers on a boat off our coast got an up close look at a whale.

Jessica Harden says she was out fishing on a boat about a mile or two off of the Emerald Isle pier in Carteret County when she and others aboard spotted a whale and started videotaping.

Jessica thinks it might be a Right Whale. If so it is endangered, with an estimated 400 or so left in the wild.

Right Whales have been spotted off of shores recently. The body of one did wash up at Nags Head beach in late March.

Others think the whale could be a Humpback Whale, which have also been spotted off our coast in recent months. One got trapped in the Core Sound in March.


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  • by Joyce Location: New Brunswick, Canada on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    A right whale has no dorsal fin and a slow dive with the tail held parallel to the water. It also has a v shaped blow. It is slow moving and they often hover just under the water, resting, which makes them very vulnerable to ship strikes. Please keep your distance.
  • by RdoubleD on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    Thats one whale of a tale!
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