March 11, 2011

Humpback Whale Stuck in Core Sound Euthenized

Sadly, WCTI12 is reporting that the humpback whale that was stuck in Core Sound was euthenized today. I read earlier today that they had discovered that the whale had eight deep wounds from a boat propeler blade. The wounds were so deep that the muscle underneath the blubber had been sliced. But they were still hopefull that it would survive and make it out of the sound. Unforutnately, it was not to be a Disney ending:

CARTERET COUNTY -- A humpback whale visited sound-siders in Carteret County this week. That visit ended in a way that no one directly involved would have wanted.

While many hoped the whale would make it back into the ocean, none hoped its life would end in the Core Sound.

The whale, which was suffering wounds from a propeller, had to be put down on Friday. It was being attacked by sharks and scavenger birds, said Vicky Thayer, a representative from the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

It was suffering and couldn't make it back out to the open ocean because of its wounds, Thayer said.

Involved in checking on the whale are personnel from UNC Wilmington, N.C. State University Veterinary School, N.C. Maritime Museum, Duke University Marine Lab, National Marine Fisheries Service and Tow Boat U.S. Also assisting with flights are N.C. Marine Patrol and Cherry Point; Boat transportation has been provided by the U.S. Coast Guard and Cape Lookout National Seashore
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