Posted by: The ocean update | January 27, 2016

Dead humpback whale washes up on NC coast (USA)

A humpback whale washed up on Kure Beach Wednesday morning. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

A humpback whale washed up on Kure Beach Wednesday morning. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

January 27th, 2016. KURE BEACH, N.C. – A beached whale was discovered on the shore at Kure Beach Wednesday.

According to Kure Beach Police, the whale was found about two blocks south of the Kure Beach Fish Pier around 6:00 a.m.

William McClellan of the University of North Carolina Wilmington says the whale was a baby humpback between 1 and 2 years old. He says the whale was very thin and appeared to have been sick for some time.

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