June 2nd, 2016. A juvenile humpback whale got stuck for a couple of hours Wednesday on a sandbar off the town of Duck in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but the animal managed to free itself and return to its pod.
The whale, which was about 35 feet long, became stuck around 10:30 a.m. in an area off the Ocean Crest subdivision at the south end of town, according to Duck’s Facebook page.
Two other whales were seen nearby, the town reported.
The whale likely was feeding when it became stuck, the town said.
“It appears the whale was chasing fish and got caught on a sandbar,” the town posted on Facebook.
By 12:30 p.m., the whale was headed back out to sea.
“We were glad to see it free itself as the tide was rising,” the town said.