Another dead humpback whale washes onto the beach

By on February 18, 2019

The whale beached Sunday. (Corolla Beach Rescue)

A large humpback whale was discovered stranded in Corolla early Sunday, the second whale within six days to beach along the Outer Banks.

Corolla Beach Rescue posted photos of the large whale near the Hampton Inn and Suites on Sunday morning.

Last Tuesday, a humpback whale washed up in the surf near Oregon Inlet after being spotted floating in the ocean in Nags Head the day before.

The 38-foot whale was partially decomposed and no cause of death was immediately apparent. Sunday’s incident marks the seventh stranding so far this year on Outer Banks beaches.

Another humpback was spotted floating off Jennette’s Pier last Monday before ending up on the beach near Oregon Inlet.

“We took skin samples and some photos of its flukes to see if we can identify it to a known animal,”said Karen Clark, of the Outer Banks Mammal Marine Stranding Network.  “It was already scavenged on its head, so we just did a basically external examination.”

Humpbacks can be identified by prints on their flukes, which are the two lobes of its tail. Whales migrate to the coast of New England to forage for krill and schooling fish during the warmer months.

Marine networks in the northeast track and keep a catalogue of known whales, Clark explained. However, because the humpback had spent so much time rolling in the surf, the whale, or its cause of death, couldn’t be identified, Clark said.



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  • Ricardo

    These whales are doing this in protest of the possible seismic testing and the low income tax rates.

    Monday, Feb 25 @ 5:05 pm
  • Pamela

    There could be an unknown prehistoric sea creature attacking.

    Tuesday, Feb 26 @ 10:44 am