February 27, 2009

Say It Isn't Snow


Yup, weather forecasters are now saying that there is a real possibility that our area will see more snow this Monday. If this happens, this will be our third snowfall this year. And when you consider that prior to this year, our last snow was in 2003, this is a pretty big deal. Time will tell but if it shows up, I'll have the camera ready. In the meantime, I'll enjoy today's 70 degree weather.

Sunday our attention turns to a developing coastal low. Unlike a lot of coastal lows of the past this one will encounter weak steering currents meaning it will persist through much of Monday. This will lead to some weather issues including: very heavy rainfall totals, beach erosion, minor coastal flooding, and with cold air Monday the potential of some snow! Sunday will see periods of rain and gusty north winds as the storm cranks up. Temperatures will drop to around 50 or lower by Sunday afternoon. Rainfall totals could exceed three inches or more through Sunday afternoon in spots. Rain will continue into Sunday night. On Monday cold air will continue to pour in with temperatures dropping into the 30's. As the low slowly meanders up the coast a pocket of cold air in the upper levels will move near the area. Depending on the track of this pocket it appears some snow is a real possibility. How much and who gets the snow? It is too early to say right now.

Here are some
photos from this year's earlier snow events.

February 26, 2009

Havana's Restaurant to Open in Early March

Havana's Restaurant, Carolina Beach's newest eating venue, will be opening in the next couple of weeks. According to the owner's brother, who posted on The Grove Project, the restaurant will feature local seafood with an island flair. At the time of his post, February 22nd, he stated that they would open on March 6th. Of course we all know that a whole host of issues can arise when trying to open a new restaurant...we most certainly won't hold them to that exact date.

[EDIT: 03/05/2009 Havana's has Opened--Read Review Here ]


Their website, which appears to have been temporarily taken down, has their menu and hours of operation. They have an extensive offering of seafood dishes including Maryland style crab cakes. They also will be offering steaks, prime rib and duck.

The hours listed were as follows (of course this is subject to change as they finalize operations):

Kitchen
Monday - Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bar
Sunday - Thursday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 4:00 pm - 1:00 am


I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am that a new restaurant has taken over the cottage. It is such a wonderful building with rich history, not to mention a fantastic location. We can only hope that they are successful and I'm sure we all are looking forward to giving them a try once they open their doors.

Here is a screenshot of their main page. http://www.havanasrestaurant.com/

Photo Credit: Havana's website

February 25, 2009

Be a Tourist in your Hometown: Residents' Appreciation Day-Mar 1, 2009

It's that time of year again where residents in the greater Wilmington area can visit local tourist attractions for free. The event takes place on March 01 and is open to all New Hanover county residents.

This event is a great way for residents to find out more about our local travel destination so they can become tourism ambassadors for our area. It's also a way for the attractions to show their appreciation and thank residents for their continued support.

Airlie Gardens
, 9am-5pm, 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, 798-7700. Guided tours available at 1pm and 3pm. Stroll through the winding paths of this century-old garden by the sea.

Arboretum at New Hanover County Co-op Ext., 8am-6pm, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, 798-7660. Explore 6+ acres of demonstration and trial gardens to discover the newest and best plants for area landscapes & gardens.

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, 8am-5pm, Hwys.17/74/76/421, on the Cape Fear River across from Downtown Wilmington, 251-5797. Come on Board the NORTH CAROLINA and imagine yourself at sea during WWII searching the sky for enemy aircraft, anticipating what may happen next. History comes alive. Last boarding 4pm; closes 5pm.

Bellamy Mansion Museum, 1-4pm, 503 Market St, Wilmington, 251-3700. Visit the formal areas and kitchen in the basement of the mansion, hear historical information about the original slave quarters and its restoration in the rear garden & peruse the gift shop.

Blue Moon Gift Shops, 12-5pm. 203 Racine Dr., Wilmington, 799-5793. Over 100 eclectic shops feature works by artists and craftspeople. Tastings and craft/vendor demonstrations.

Burchetta Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, 10am-5pm, 201 Red Cross St., Wilmington, 399-7614. See live glassblowing demonstrations and tour the gallery.

Burgwin-Wright Museum House, 12-5pm, 224 Market St., Wilmington, 762-0570. The house will not be open; however, visitors may tour the historic gardens and visit the Colonial kitchen and the former jail. A self-guided garden tour is available, with layout, historic facts, plant identification, etc.

Cameron Art Museum, 11am-5pm, 3201 S. 17th St., Wilmington (corner of Independence Blvd and 17th St.), 395-5999. View four exhibitions: Quiet Spirit, Skillful Hand: The Graphic Work of Clare Leighton; Bob DeYoung: Installation {phantasm}; Bearden to Ruscha: Contemporary Art from the North Carolina Museum of Art; and Toy Crazy. At 2pm, experience our exhibitions through the eyes of metal sculptor Breta Carnes.

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science, 1-5pm, 814 Market St., Wilmington, 798-4350. Discover the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. Visit the Museum's newest exhibit - Cape Fear Volunteers: highlighting the century of service the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross has offered our region.

Capt'n Bill's Backyard Grill, Noon-9pm, 4240 Market St. (behind "17" North Shopping Ctr.), Wilmington, 762-0173. Free volleyball. Grill will be open with food & drink specials.

Carolina Beach Lake Park, 10am-2pm, Atlanta & Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach. 617-9793. Wheel Fun Rentals will offer free paddle boat rentals. Free to NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Carolina Beach State Park, 8am-8pm, State Park Rd, Carolina Beach, 458-8206. Bring picnic, fishing supplies. Explore nature trails, pier, visitor ctr. and more. (Boat ramp access/campsite rentals not included.)

Federal Point History Center, 1-4pm, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, 458-0502. Enjoy exhibits & audio-visual presentations portraying periods in the Federal Point community, including pre-historic, colonial, Civil War and development of Carolina-Kure Beaches and Seabreeze as tourist attractions. Refreshments.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site-Civil War Fort, 1-5pm, Hwy. 421 Kure Beach, NC, 458-5538. Hear the cannons boom for County residents. Special firings of the fort's 12lb bronze Napoleon cannon throughout the afternoon. Enjoy scenic views as you visit our tour trails, historic earthen fortifications and visitor center.

Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, 8am-5pm, 1000 Loggerhead Road-off US 421, Kure Beach near Aquarium, 458-5798. Visitor center, free access to the 4WD beach and 4-mile stretch of undeveloped beach for shell seekers, bird watchers. Must display valid NHC drivers license. 4WD access free to NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water sts., Wilmington, 794-1866. Guided tours start at 6:30pm only. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and on a 1st come, 1st served basis. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY

Greenfield Grind Skate Park, 1-8pm, Burnett Blvd, behind Parks & Rec offices, Wilmington, 362-8222. Participants get free admission between 1-8pm. NOTE: All participants REQUIRED to wear helmet & pads.

Halyburton Park, 8am-5pm, 4099 17th St., Wilmington. 341-0075. Take a hike or ride your bike through the 58-acre tract of land comprised of gently rolling sandhills, wet pine flatwoods and limesink depressions ponds and discover the many plants and animal species living here.

Haunted Pub Crawl at Fat Tony's Italian Pub, Noon-6pm, 131 N. Front St, Wilmington, 343-8881. Get a "taste" of the Haunted Pub Crawl and hear eerie tales that will both shiver ye timbers and make ye laugh out loud; starting at noon and occurring on the hour every hour with the last one at 6pm. All ages welcome; stories censored to suit audience. Prizes for kids.

Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water sts., Wilmington, 794-7177. Guided tours start at 1:00pm only. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED on a 1st come, 1st served basis. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Hugh MacRae Park & Nature Trail, 8am-11pm, Oleander & S. College Rd., Wilmington, 798-7181. Playgrounds (5-12 year old playground is lighted), lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic areas, nature trails, etc. Free everyday (except for shelter, horse ring, baseball fields and garden rentals). Baseball fields must be reserved in advance. Walk the 1.55 mile trail right in the park or visit the Hugh MacRae Nature Trail located across the street behind the NHC Senior Ctr.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, 1-4pm, 5320 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, 791-0666. Offering a choice of one (1) of the following activities to each participant: 1-free round of Jungle Golf -OR- 1-free go-kart ride -OR- 1-free wall climb.

Moores Creek National Battlefield, (NEARBY) 9am-5pm, Hwy 210, Currie - 20 miles from Wilmington, 283-5591. Park rangers will offer guided tours at 1, 2, 3, & 4pm. Musket demonstrations all day. Park features a newly renovated museum, film and bookstore. Experience the pivotal 1776 battle that ended British hopes for an early victory in the South and was a major step towards declaring independence in July.

N.C. Military History Museum, Noon-4pm, 116 Air Force Way, Kure Beach, 477-0499. Exhibits include artifacts, memorabilia and displays from WWI through Desert Storm, with photos, documents, letters, uniforms, fieldgear, hats, helmets and more. Gift shop open.

Old Books on Front Street Storytelling, 1-4pm. 22 N. Front St., Wilmington, 763-4754. Author David Norris, will be signing his book "Potter's Raid: The Union Cavalry's Boldest Expedition in Eastern NC" and will read excerpts at 2pm.

Wilmington Visitor Information Center - Open House. 1-3pm, Historic County Courthouse, 24 N. Third St (corner of 3rd & Princess sts),Wilmington. 341-4030. Special guests will greet residents, provide photo opportunities, and sign autographs from 1-3pm. Confirmed special guests include: "Salty Dawg" (Wilmington Sea Dawgs professional basketball team); Azalea Belles (courtesy of the Cape Fear Garden Club); "Sledge" (Wilmington Hammerheads professional soccer team); "Sharky" (Wilmington Sharks baseball team). You can also tour the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher's new outreach vehicle/mobile classroom in the adjacent parking lot at the corner of 3rd and Princess streets. Stop by to meet the special guests and to learn more about the aquarium's outreach programs, tour the vehicle, and see and touch a variety of marine invertebrates commonly found along the NC coast. Then, come inside the Visitor Center to receive a complimentary balloon, enjoy some refreshments, and get a list of attractions participating in the hometown tourist event. The County Commissioners meeting room (upstairs) will be open.

UNCW Arboretum Campus, daylight hours, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, 962-3107. Explore this institutional arboretum campus with plant identification signs. Three areas are of particular interest: "The Heritage Garden" at the front quadrangle; "The Campus Commons" in the center of campus; and "The Bluethenthal Nature Preserve," located off Price Drive behind the University Union.

Wheel Fun Rentals, 10am-2pm, 107 Carolina Beach Ave. N, Carolina Beach, 617-9792. Free bicycle & specialty product rentals. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY

Victorian Gardens at Latimer House Museum, 1-4pm, 126 South 3rd St., Wilmington, 762-0492. Self-guided tour of garden (brochure available at site, weather permitting); house will be closed.

Wilmington Sharks Baseball Ballpark Tours.1-5pm, Legion Stadium, 2149 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington. 343-5621 or 398-4248. Bring the kids for a full tour of the ballpark as well as a bounce house, speed pitch, and prize wheel.

Wilmington Trolley, 1-4pm. Downtown Wilmington. 763-4483. The trolley will offer free shuttle service between the participating attractions in the downtown area. This is shuttle service only, not tours.

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 1-5pm, 303 W. Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, 256-2569. Explore permanent exhibitions and revolving exhibitions on history and nature.

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Taxi, 9am, 10am & 11am, Banks Channel across from Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, 200-4002. 1-hour free ecological tours - topics include salt marsh function, native birds and barrier island ecology. Advanced reservations are required. Space is limited.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY I.D. REQUIRED FOR LISTINGS INDICATING "NHC RESIDENTS ONLY". FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOURS OF OPERATION AND RESTRICTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE INDIVIDUAL ATTRACTIONS. IN CASE OF RAIN, CALL ATTRACTIONS TO CONFIRM OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

February 21, 2009

2009 Carolina Beach Polar Plunge was Brrrrfect

Well, it was around 50 degrees at plunge time and the water temp was 53. But that didn't stop hordes of brave souls from shedding their outerwear and plunging into the icy Atlantic. Judging from the many smiles, the swimmers all had a wonderful time and helped raise some much needed funds for a very worthy cause.

You'll be happy to know that everyone was able to thaw out and there were no incidents of any kind...or at least nothing that a cup of hot chocolate couldn't quickly remedy. And as you can see in the photos, surfers in wet suits and a diver, adorned in a serious dry suit, were on hand in case someone needed assistance.

All in all, it was a very good afternoon!

(Click any pic to enlarge)
Carolina Beach Polar Plunge
Carolina Beach Polar Plunge
Carolina Beach Polar Plunge
Carolina Beach Polar Plunge
Carolina Beach Polar Plunge
Carolina Beach Polar Plunge

February 20, 2009

Mute the Jaws Music. Shark Attacks Drop in 2008

Associated Press
February 20, 2009

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Shark attacks dipped to the lowest level in five years in 2008, a change that might have happened because the ailing economy kept cash-strapped vacationers away from beaches, a leading shark expert said Thursday. There were 59 shark attacks around the world last year, down from 71 in 2007, said George Burgess, an ichthyologist and director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida's Museum of Natural History. “I can't help but think that contributing to the reduction may have been the reticence of some people to take holidays and go to the beach for economic reasons,” Burgess said in a news release. While the economy is a possible explanation, shark populations also have declined due to commercial fishing. In some areas, the number of sharks is down to 10 percent of the original populations.

There were four fatal attacks in 2008, which is about average, Burgess said. Only one death was reported in 2007, a two-decade low. Two of the deaths last year were in Mexico, one was in Australia and one was in the United States. The number of shark attacks in the United States dropped from 50 in 2007 to 41 last year, Burgess said. Of those, 32 were in Florida, the same as the previous year, followed by North Carolina and South Carolina with three each; Hawaii with two and California with one. Surfers accounted for 57 percent of the attacks, followed by 36 percent for swimmers and waders and 8 percent for divers, Burgess said. The numbers were rounded upward, so the total exceeds 100 percent.

Florida's Volusia County continued its dubious distinction of the world's shark-bite capital with 22 attacks, its highest yearly total since 2001. Most of them were in New Smyrna Beach on the central Atlantic coast.

Photo Credit: Chief Brody & Sign

2008 NC/SC Media Reported (Possible) Shark Attacks

And don't forget to check out past Carolina Beach Today shark posts
including the August 14th, 2008 account of a Fayetteville man who claims he was the victim of a shark encounter here in Carolina Beach. I assume that he was not included in the official list.

On the bright side, just because you may find yourself surrounded by sharks...it doesn't mean that you'll get nipped. Crazy video:
Per the video tag: KTLA 8/19/08 I am not sure where this was filmed. It was from a Los Angeles news site, perhaps a news chopper? There is no audio.
UPDATE 02/21: Here is a more detailed report of the shark attacks that occurred in 2008: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/statistics/2008attacksummary.htm

February 19, 2009

Polar Plunge This Saturday at Carolina Beach

Don't forget, this Saturday is the Polar Plunge at Carolina Beach. Temperatures at Plunge time (3:05pm) should be in the mid to upper 50's. Event Details

[EDIT 02/21: Click here to see photos of the 2009 plunge.]

PS. If you can manage the right arc, cannonballs are always appreciated by the spectators! Photo Credit: Ocean Ice & Cannonball

February 17, 2009

Pennsylvania Has Punxsutawney Phil to Forecast Spring, the Carolinas Have Alligators

baby alligator Groundhog Day is a sacred time for people from snowbound cultures. The outcome of the day will provide the subliminal message for the ensuing weeks - either six more weeks of winter or an early spring.

The Carolinas have their own ambassador of Spring, the American Alligator.

alligator sunningBeing a cold-blooded animal, the gator's body temperature reflects the environment in which he inhabits. So when it's cold, he's cold and vice versa. Since the late days of November, our ambassador has been forced into a lethargic mode; however, the increasing amounts of daylight since the shortest day of the year (December 23rd) have sluggishly started nature towards spring.


The alligator, with daily routine, is monitoring the lengthening days for warmth. As temps warm, the alligator will begin basking on the shoreline to soak up the warm rays. And as the warmer days continue and their body temperature reaches 72 degrees, the scaley residents will begin feeding (usually sometime in April).

Read the full article from the
SC Department of Natural Resources.

Photo Credit: Gator on log & Baby Gator

February 15, 2009

Back To The Beach 2009 Car Show: March 27 & 28

Sun Coast Cruisers
Back To The Beach 2009 Car Show
For Vehicles 1984 and Older

Ft Fisher Recreation Center, Kure & Carolina Beach, NC
March 27 & 28, 2009
Rain or Shine

Trophies
Top 100 Vehicle Plaques
Sponsor's Choice Awards
Dash Plaques

•DJ Music Provided
•50/50Raffles
•Friday Night Cruise & Social
•On Site Housing Available
•Food, Beverage, & Vendors on site
•Ample parking for trailers

Registration Fee $25
For more information, visit their website

Photo Credit: Island Gazette

February 12, 2009

Vino, Vino, Vino...15% Off at 2 Wine Guys @ the Grind


Don't forget, this Saturday, Valentine's Day, you will get 15% off your entire order when you visit the Grind and mention this blog. The discount is for coffee, food, a glass a wine, or the entire barrel. Talk about the perfect time to replenish the wine cabinet.

So if you haven't taken the time to check out the Grind, this Saturday is the perfect time to see what they're about.

There will be live music in the evening and Joel & Shawn will be on hand to ensure that you find the perfect vino for your taste. I would suggest the Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon but I managed to knock out the last bottle the other week. They may have more by Saturday so you can always ask...if not, the Adobe Road Cabs are a close second.

So check em' out and let them pour you a 'discounted' glass!

PS. As always, it's great when you can help support any of the Island businesses. So when you can, shop the Island!

A New Restaurant is Coming to Carolina Beach


Mike at Snow's Cut Monthly reports that a new restaurant is headed to Carolina Beach. Pete Donat has taken over the Cottage (most recently Zorba's) which is located at the corner of Lake Park and Cape Fear Blvd.

According to the article, Pete is the former manager of the Oceanic located at Wrightsville Beach and has been looking for his own place to start a restaurant. His search was extensive but once he visited the Cottage in Carolina Beach, he knew he found his ideal location. He anticipates opening 'Havana's' before the 2009 summer season and they will feature fresh Island seafood, steaks and pasta dishes.

I sincerely hope that Pete is successful and is able to revive the Cottage back to it's early glory days. The potential of that building is high and the location is perfect. It just needs the right person to make it happen and it appears that Pete has the right background to make it a reality.

So for now, I look forward to trying them out once they open and envision enjoying some Island seafood from their breezy front porch. Summer's calling...

Read the full
Snow's Cut article here and check out a cool picture of the Cottage from the days when it was actually just a beach cottage.

February 10, 2009

Calling All Volunteers-The 2009 Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover Group Needs Your Help

Once again, the Boardwalk Makeover Group is readying themselves for the 2009 summer season. The success of their efforts last year was very notable as our town's boardwalk was transformed into a lovely and appealing avenue of fun. This year, the changes will be even more evident as they pursue new initiatives.

Some of the initiatives being pursued for Phase II of this year:

• Thursday Night concert series all summer long (to compliment the evening fireworks)

• Additional landscaping with a possible fountain feature near the mural.

• Landscaped lighting throughout the area including all coves and the mural area

• Additional Adirondack chairs throughout

• Continued painting of boardwalk structures and touch ups as necessary

• For the month of July, there is hope to testbed a new Tuesday night family fun program which would include bouncy slide rides, bungee, climbing wall, clowns, jugglers, face painting, games, cartoon videos and more.

As you can see, the Boardwalk Group is moving forward with many new ideas but they can't do it alone. They need the support of Town Council, businesses, volunteers and of course, cash donations wouldn't hurt either ;-) If you look at what they did last year with a limited budget, we can only imagine what they will be able to pull of this year!

Kudos to everyone involved and we look forward to seeing you build upon the successes of last year.

To learn how you can help or to keep up with this summer's boardwalk events, visit their website: www.boardwalkmakeover.org/

February 8, 2009

Humpback Whale Washes Ashore on Oak Island

A 30 foot whale weighing approximately 15 tons washed ashore on Oak Island over the weekend.

The following blog has numerous photos of the 2 year old male whale and the activities involved in studying and disposing of the carcass.

Warning: many of the photos are graphic.

Photo by Satu Harris

To read about past whale strandings on area beaches, click here:

Here is a youtube video of the whale submitted by dirkdiggler10000:

February 6, 2009

Calling All Lifeguards...Applications Now Being Accepted

The 2009 Carolina Beach Lifeguard season is underway. Tryout swims will be conducted on March 14th & 28th as the Ocean Rescue program begins staffing for the upcoming season.

Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue now staffs 4.5 Miles of shoreline with 33 seasonal lifeguards and 1 full time position. They operate from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Monday through Thursday hours are 9:45am until 4:45pm. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are 9:45am until 6:45pm. Some ATV Patrols may exceed the hours listed.

The three miles of beach strand are monitored utilizing 12 fixed lifeguard stands and 3 ATV patrol units. This will be the first season the Freeman Park Area (North End), 1.5 Miles of open beach for vehicular traffic, will be guarded using 5 ATV patrol units and 1 mobile trailer stand. Two Pickups are also used for Freeman Park patrols.

The inlet, harbor, and waters off of the beach strand are patrolled using a PWC with sled and patrol boat operated by the Carolina Beach Police Dept. Carolina Beach's waters and area are also covered by Carolina Beach Fire Dept and Federal Point Fire Dept. A New Hanover Regional Medical Center EMS Station is also located on Carolina Beach with a water rescue vehicle.

To learn more about the Carolina Beach Rescue Program or to obtain information on how to apply, please visit the CBRP website.

The Kure Beach Lifeguards are overseen by the KB Fire Department. As of yet, they have not listed information for the 2009 lifeguard season. Keep track of the
town website for future information.

Here is a future Carolina Beach Lifeguard in training. Wait for the :18 mark for the payoff--pretty funny and he demonstrates one of the perils of the job:

February 4, 2009

The Groundhog was Right, Winter Continues with Snow in Carolina Beach


Twice in one winter season? Yes, Pleasure Island, NC received a another dusting of snow this morning. The snow started around 9:00am and ended about an hour and half later. It wasn't much but it was enough to cover the ground at times. And when you live in SE Coastal Carolina, that is a big deal. There were quite a few people strolling around town and on the beach as the snow fell.

Here are some beach pictures from the Carolina Beach boardwalk area as well as the Hamlet Ave beach access. I was hoping to get down to Fort Fisher but I didn't think the snow would be around long enough for me to get there. Enjoy!

To see photos from the first snowfall on January 20th, click here
(As always, click any picture to enlarge)








February 2, 2009

A Look Back at Kure Beach in the Summer of 1968

As the weatherman calls for temps to be in the 40's for the next couple days, it seemed to be the perfect time to watch a video of summer fun in the warm NC waters. And to add a touch of nostalgia, I came across this 1968 video reflecting the perfect warm summer glow of Kure Beach. Notice the KB pier in the background.

Enjoy!

February 1, 2009

Right Whale Euthanized After Becoming Stranded South of Cape Lookout

AP
January 31, 2009

MOREHEAD CITY
A rare, 30-foot right whale had to be euthanized after it stranded itself on a remote North Carolina beach, officials said.

The whale died Thursday near Cape Lookout, a part of a national seashore reachable by boat or helicopter.

Employees from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service have started a necropsy to try to determine why the 2-year-old whale stranded on the island off Morehead City.

Blair Mase, marine mammal stranding coordinator for NOAA's Southeast region, told the Jacksonville Daily News that euthanizing the whale was the best course of action. "It was in poor condition," she said. "It had been on the beach since Monday and had started to feel the effects."

Mase said that a pilot flying over the area reported the whale Monday. Weather conditions prevented NOAA from sending a crew by boat immediately, but the Coast Guard sent a veterinarian and others by helicopter Wednesday.

"They went out while the tide was at its lowest and the helicopter was able to land on the sandbar but they weren't able to stay long," Mase said.

In December, a newborn right whale was euthanized after it became stranded on an Outer Banks beach in Dare County.

A biologist said that the 15-foot baby whale was in poor condition and couldn't survive without its mother.

North Atlantic right whales are an endangered species, and officials believe there are only about 350 to 400 left.

Top pic credit
Bottom pic credit
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...