Reprinted from the Outer Banks Voice
DARE COUNTY — A humpback whale that was reportedly sick and emaciated was spotted Saturday in the sound north of Oregon Inlet, but has since disappeared and mariners are being asked for assistance in trying to locate it.
Marina Doshkov with the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network said the whale was first spotted on a sandbar near the inlet Saturday morning, and then was last seen swimming in the channel that afternoon.
Veterinarians and other responders are standing by to assess the whale’s condition, according to Doshkov.
“Since humpback whales are considered a protected species, please remain a safe distance of at least 100 yards from the whale,” Doshkov said.
Sightings can be reported to the stranding network at 252-455-9654.
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