An endangered humpback whale was found dead on one of North Carolina’s barrier islands last month, and some of its parts will be permanently displayed at a park in the state.
The 31-foot whale was discovered on North Core Banks, inside Cape Lookout National Seashore, on Dec. 28.
Cape Lookout National Seashore said in a Jan. 10 press release that a state marine mammal stranding network team arrived at the beach on Dec. 29 to inspect the whale and conduct a stranding report, which tracks the animal’s species and reports on any necropsy results. While a necropsy was performed and samples were taken, no cause of death has been released.
The marine mammal stranding network team also helped collect parts of the whale that will later be on public display at a North Carolina park.
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“The team also assisted the park in collecting one of the whale’s front flippers and a 4-foot-long section of baleen from the whale’s mouth to be processed and eventually used in an exhibit at the Harkers Island Visitor Center,” Cape Lookout National Seashore wrote.
A photograph shared by the park on Facebook shows a park biologist lying next to the flipper to demonstrate its length….