Dead Whale Found At Topsail Island

Marine biologists at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are investigating the death of a small sperm whale found at Topsail Island.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported that the 7-foot whale was found Sunday on the beach at Surf City. It was not immediately clear whether the animal was a pygmy or dwarf sperm whale.

UNC-Wilmington marine biologist Ann Pabst says the small sperm whales are the most commonly stranded type in North Carolina other
than bottlenose dolphins.

Pabst says the whale showed no sign of injury, such as an open wound or entanglement in fishing gear.

She says the body has been moved to the school, where it will remain frozen until a necropsy is performed.

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  • by Linda Location: Top Sail on vacation on Mar 29, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    On Friday March 27 I was standing at the North Topsail Pier when I spotted a whale about 25 feet off the end of the pier. I took a few pictures when he would come up. I never saw his tail but I did capture pictures of his/her blow hole. I called the Chamber of Commerce since I did not know if this was unusual. I also sent them pictures. I hope the whale was not ill so I hope if there is concern that they will follow up on my sighting. I was so impressed by seeing this whale that I could hardly get my camera out. I managed to capture the moment so my friends would believe me. Let me know what you think if interested.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    We were on North Topsail a couple of weeks ago and there were a number of military ships off shore. Makes you wonder if they were SONAR practicing. I love marine life (mostly for dinner) but, would rather have an occasional and unfortunate expired whale as opposed to human lives lost during wartime. It is indeed a delicate balance.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 11, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    hey big dan, is your last name Connor, and your wife's name Roseanne? Get ready for the fish fry to come folks.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    Wow! can you imagine how many fish sticks we could get outta that thing!!!! We're gonna need a really big bottle of Texas Pete and a truckload of beer!!!
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    Big Dan - you must be married to my husband's ex-wife. To cute!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    lol big dan your crazy
  • by big dan Location: porksville on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    I told my wife not to go lay on the beach Sunday, guess i'll go get her now since i know where they took her.
  • by Mr. Mackey Location: Choco on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    Stop the SONAR testing now! Nobody but us has a decent navy anymore anyway...

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