Return-path: <email@example.com> Received: from whale.simmons.edu by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V5.0-4 #8767) id <01I10O481YSG8XDTLV@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU> for whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU; Fri, 09 Feb 1996 17:57:01 -0400 (EDT) Received: by whale.simmons.edu (4.1/SMI-4.1) id AA07426; Fri, 09 Feb 1996 17:55:45 -0500 (EST) Date: Fri, 09 Feb 1996 17:55:45 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Info: Stranded whale dies in North C (fwd) To: WhaleNet <whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU> Message-id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960209175525.7410A-100000@WHALE.SIMMONS.EDU> MIME-version: 1.0 Content-type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Fri, 9 Feb 96 03:41:00 UTC 0000 From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Stranded whale dies in North C Stranded whale dies in North Carolina HOBUCKEN, N.C., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A juvenile fin whale that beached itself early this week in North Carolina's Pamlico Sound died Thursday. A post mortem was planned to determine what killed the mammal, which had been nicknamed "Freddy" by Coast Guard crews that unsuccessfully attempted a rescue. Bill A. McClellan of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, who doubles as a coordinator for regional beachings, speculated the whale's death likely was related to a parasitic infection. Parasites in whales are often passed along in the mother's milk, or through the normal food chain, McClellan said. McClellan estimated that Freddy, a 45-foot, 30-ton speciman appeared to be 4-to 5-years-old and probably had been weaned only in the past year. The fin whale is a sub-order of the baleen whale and part of the same group as the blue whale, McClellan said. A mature adult whale can grow to be 70-feet in length, he added. The whale was discovered off Hobucken, N.C., on Pamlico Sound west across from Cape Hatteras, N.C. on the Outer Banks, Monday by two duck hunters who spotted it in the shallow waters of the sound. Although its mouth was underwater, the animal's back remained above the surface. Attempts to move the whale into deeper water were futile, Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Brewer said. Rescuers discounted the possibility of hoisting the whale with a heavy-duty helicopter and flying it to deep ocean waters, for fear the attempt would prove fatal, Brewer said. Carlton Burke, director of the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, said the reason whales beach themselves is a mystery, but injuries and parasites are often found to be major factors. Even if Freddy had lived and towed to deep waters, authorities said the whale may very well have beached itself again. Officials said they hope the necropsy (post mortem) would provide information about what was happening inside the whale's body that would help explain its actions.