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Dead whale buried in Oak Island sand

Posted February 10, 2009

Photo courtesy: Kyle Thomas, Oak Island

— Members of the UNCW marine mammal stranding program had to bury a whale that washed ashore on Oak Island over the weekend.

Kyle Thomas, a town spokesman, said experts believe the whale had been dead for 3-5 days before it washed ashore Sunday.

The cause of death had yet to be determined. A preliminary investigation showed the whale may have been tangled in something, UNCW biology and marine biology professor Ann Pabst said.

The whale was a humpback, approximately 33 feet long and three years old.


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  • Lasata Feb 10, 2009

    it was on north 36th st

  • areadriver Feb 10, 2009

    And people complain about cigarette butts in the sand.

  • Tell_me_the_truth Feb 10, 2009

    Does anyone know where this was located exactly on Oak Island?

  • Lasata Feb 10, 2009

    it smelled so bad!! It was really sad and it seemed like everyone was there. I was in southport and my mom's neighbor told us and it was just crazy

  • Timbo Feb 10, 2009

    Shoot, hate to have been a pallbearer.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 10, 2009

    Take a good look, people. Maybe you can tell your grandkids that they still existed when you were younger and remember when they started dying off.

  • mjjunk Feb 10, 2009

    Again horrible reporting. See this link for more information about this story: