COROLLA, N.C. (WAVY) — A necropsy is being performed on a humpback whale that was found stranded on a beach in the Outer Banks over the weekend.
Billy Malbon stumbled upon the whale in Corolla around mile post 5 on Sunday, and sent in footage to 10 On Your Side.
Karen Clark with the Outer Banks Mammal Marine Stranding Network said work is underway to perform a necropsy on the large humpback, to determine how the whale died. Crews will also work to remove the whale from the beach.
There have been no signs of scavenging or trauma on the whale, Clark said.
This is the second time a whale has been found stranded in the Outer Banks area in 2019.
Clark said another humpback whale was spotted off Jennette’s Pier last Monday, Feb. 11, before it ended up on the beach near the Oregon Inlet.
No necropsy was performed was performed on the whale, Clark said but there were no signs of scavenging or trauma on that whale.