Beached whale removed from Jennette’s Pier area

By on November 4, 2021

Jennette's Pier Director Mike Remige measures a deceased pygmy sperm whale with OBX Marine Mammal Stranding Network volunteer and veterinarian Roger Nichols.
A beach walker passes the deceased pygmy sperm whale that washed ashore in front of the Blue Heron Motel in Nags Head Nov. 3.
Nature enthusiast Carolyn Duckworth of Richmond, Va. and Jennette's Pier Director Mike Remige compare notes on the dead pygmy sperm whale.
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Submitted story by Jennette’s Pier staff

Strong northeast winds and heavy seas washed in a deceased pygmy sperm whale about a half mile north of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head on the morning of Wednesday, Nov 3. Vacationer Carolyn Duckworth of Richmond, Va. first spied the animal from the Blue Heron Motel where she was staying.

Duckworth reported the location of the whale to the front counter staff at Jennette’s where several staff members are trained as first responders for the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Director Mike Remige jumped into action and headed over to the beach site located just north of the pier in a state vehicle assigned to the network. He recorded the required data and photos before sending them in to Karen Clark, a senior network member and Citizen Science Specialist for the N.C. Wildlife Commission.

The whale was ten and half feet long and had an estimated weight of 900 pounds. It looked severely emaciated but showed no signs of injury.

Eventually, enough volunteers and bystanders arrived to help Remige, Duckworth and N.E.S.T. volunteer and retired veterinarian Roger Nichols load the animal onto a rescue litter and then into the back of the truck. It took eight people and two tries to get it loaded up in the eight-foot bed.

To report a marine mammal stranding in Currituck, Dare and Hyde counties, please call the OBX Stranding Response hotline at 252-455-9654If you are located within Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you may also call Stranding Response hotline at 252-216-6892.

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