A stunning sight on the beach

By on March 18, 2021

(Photo credit: USFWS in North-Carolina)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in North Carolina has just posted this report.

There is a dead adult humpback whale, approximately 18′ in length on the Pea Island beach. It’s located .5 mile north of Rodanthe and is quite visible. It’s in a decent state of decay already and displays some evidence of shark activity (not necessarily the cause of death, that likely happened after). Park and Refuge biologists were able to complete a field assessment, collect tissue samples, and photograph the carcass on site and will report the event to the marine mammal stranding network.

Given its current size and state, we anticipate it will remain on the beach (and stink) for a while. It’s certainly possible as it decomposes more that parts of it separate and wash up on any sections of the beach. #NCRefuges. No need for further reports. Nature will eventually take care of it.




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  • Arthur Pewty

    I’ll bring the beer and potato salad!

    Thursday, Mar 18 @ 6:16 pm