Video: Whale Found Stranded In Marina, Later Dies

A whale that found its way into a Carteret County marina early Saturday morning was later found washed up on the beach dead.

According to Dr. Vicky Thayer, the Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator for North Carolina, the dwarf sperm whale was six to seven feet and 320 pounds. They believe the whale was a juvenile.

Thayer says the whale was first spotted around 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the marina, they were hoping the whale would find its way back to its habitat, but unfortunately it did die.

Thayer, along with a team of volunteers, says the whale had no major external injuries, but the team is taking samples to see if there were any internal problems. Thayer says usually it means there is something wrong with the whale, which led to it being stranded. She says they find around half a dozen beach whales a year in the area.

Thayer has been working alongside volunteers with NC State, NC Maritime Museum, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The video is courtesy of Keith Rittmaster of NC Maritime Museum and NC Marine Mammal Stranding Network.


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  • by I think I saw a putty cat! on Apr 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    A few whales wash up dead on our beach and everybody freaks out. Thousands of deer, possums, mosquitoes, cats and neighborhood dogs die each week on our beautiful highways, but noone gets upset about that. If you are going to report on dead, dying, decaying and rotten animals; report on these wondereful creatures that are getting demolished every day. Odds are there's one in front of your yard right now.
  • by Doxielover Location: Grifton on Apr 4, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    If the whale was spotted & they new that it was in trouble, why didn't someone, do something?? most of the time the wait & see game does not work. This was such a sad story
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      by The truth on Apr 4, 2011 at 08:29 AM in reply to Doxielover
      Why didn't you go do something about it. Stop waiting for someone else to do it!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 3, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    So even whales don't like our socialist president....
  • by jerry Location: enc on Apr 3, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    The whale surfaced in the marina to get air and happened to see a newspaper in a rack that said "obama to seek re-election" and he committed suicide.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    Charlie Sheen bought a house on Front Street in BEAUFORT. THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
  • by what Location: nc on Apr 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    TO BOB are you trying to be a smarty about this?maybe the next you go in the ocean you fur wont drown you ha ha
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      by bob on Apr 3, 2011 at 01:16 PM in reply to what
      yes, i am! lots of whales have died the last couple of weeks. they're running from the orca's offshore thats eating 300lb blufin tuna! no lie
  • by bob Location: obx on Apr 3, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    when i swim for prolonged periods in the ocean it makes me bark like a dog and i grow fur! i wish the "neeed to know people" would just tell us whats going on! are you kidding me! the whale probably died of old age, nothing lives forever!
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      by Lynn on Apr 4, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to bob
      you must not read much do you? the article said the whale was a juvenile! for educated people, that means it was a child.
  • by ME Location: bath on Apr 3, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    Why do yall have to make so many jokes about this .its no laughing matter you get out there in the water this summer something could happen to you .would that be funny or something to joke about?
  • by Mary on Apr 3, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    What is sad is that there is something going on with our waters and has been for many years. Now it is effecting mammals. What do you think is happening when our children swim in it; think long term people; the experts are not telling the whole truth; they are just telling you what they want you to hear and know. They all know they will be dead and gone by the time the young children grow up and start showing the effects or even dieing younger than they should or would have from what is going on today. Those at the top of the chain live by the "need to know code" and they will not tell you, because they feel you don't need to know; the whole truth. God Please Help Us All!
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      by William on Apr 3, 2011 at 07:04 AM in reply to Mary
      It's not the water, it's "Mother Nature", it happens, get over it.
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      by I Fought the Law on Apr 4, 2011 at 03:35 AM in reply to Mary
      Poor Mary, you have such a very bleak outlook on life....all because one whale lost it's way and died.
  • by Me again on Apr 3, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    So what.I chopped up a toad yesterday while mowing my grass.Let the bashing begin!
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      by James on Apr 3, 2011 at 07:02 AM in reply to Me again
      Amen Brother ! Well said.
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