Beached Humpback Whale On Cape Hatteras National Seashore Dies

By: April Davis
By: April Davis
A humpback whale was discovered on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore around noon Wednesday by someone walking the beach.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

A stranded humpback whale that was discovered on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Wednesday has died.

Karen Clark with the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network says when they checked around 7:00 a.m. the whale was dead.

A rough measurement of the whale is about 33 feet long. Experts say this is the time of season that there is migration south from off New England where the feeding ground is. Humpbacks head down to the Caribbean where their mating grounds are located.

A team from UNC Wilmington plans to examine the remains.


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A humpback whale was discovered alive on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore around noon Wednesday by someone walking the beach.

The Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network says it sent someone to check on the whale around 12:30 p.m., and they are waiting for a tide cycle to help the whale get off the beach. A team from UNC Wilmington plans to be at Cape Hatteras by tomorrow morning.

A rough measurement of the whale is about 33 feet long.

Experts say this is the time of season that there is migration south from off New England where the feeding ground is. They head down to the Caribbean where their mating grounds are located.

If the whale appears to be declining in health the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network says it will have a vet with an assessment and consider options are for the mammal.


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