SC0614 - Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

humpback whale

SC0614 - Humpback whale stranded in Myrtle Beach, SC

flukes of humpback whale

Graduate student Cally Harper inspects the flukes of the humpback

This humpback whale was reported stranded at Apache Pier, Myrtle Beach, SC on the evening of April 8th, 2006. Bill McLellan and Ann Pabst arrived to inspect the animal and found an approximately 9 meter long humpback whale, ventral surface up, at the edge of an incoming tide. Due to environmental conditions, plans were made to necropsy the whale the following morning.

On the morning of April, 9th, 2006, UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program volunteers and representatives from the National Ocean Service in Charleston arrived in Myrtle Beach to conduct a necropsy on the stranded whale. There were obvious healed and healing lesions on the peduncle at the fluke insertion, suggesting a recent entanglement in rope/fishing gear.

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