Humpback whale skull found on Hatteras

By on May 15, 2024

(Photo credit: NPS | E. Dlutkowski)

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore posted this announcement on Wednesday, May 14 about an interesting discovery on Hatteras Island.

We’re only halfway through the week and still finding fascinating discoveries on the beaches of Cape Hatteras. Take a look at this large portion of a Humpback whale skull on Hatteras Island.

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) have specialized skull structures to support their unique feeding behaviors. Their skulls are relatively flexible, especially around the jaw joints, which enables them to open their mouths wide to consume large volumes of water and prey. The also have mandibles (lower jaws) that are not fused to their skulls.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina, known for history, hurricanes, and shipwrecks also happens to be a hotspot for marine mammal activity. At any given time, a wide arrangement of marine mammals move-about and feed very close to Cape Hatteras beaches, influenced by the southern Gulf Stream and the northern Labrador Current colliding off our coast. Given its location on the Outer Banks, the barrier island chains extend into the Atlantic Ocean and come in very close proximity to the continental shelf, and for this reason a large number of strandings occur within park boundaries.

Any marine mammal strandings or sea turtle activity sightings should be reported to the Cape Hatteras Stranding Hotline: 252-216-6892.

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  • BW

    who, what, when, WHERE, how….

    WHERE was the skull found?

    Thursday, May 16 @ 8:08 am
  • Larry

    BW the article states that the skull was found on Hatteras Island, on Wednesday. Probably by someone walking the beach or the rangers that patrol the beaches. No exact location to most likely preserve it without a giant crowd or risk of it being stolen.

    Thursday, May 16 @ 10:58 am
  • Steven


    Friday, May 17 @ 8:50 am
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