The whale was injured and was euthanized about 3 p.m. Nov. 2
OAK ISLAND -- A necropsy is set for Friday on a sickly, young sperm whale euthanized Thursday, Nov. 2, after it became beached just offshore in Oak Island.
Oak Island spokesman Kyle Thomas said members of the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program euthanized the massive creature about 3 p.m., some six hours after it was first spotted just north of the Oak Island Pier.
According to UNCW biologist Bill McLellan, the 30-foot-long sperm whale weighed between 25,000 and 30,000 pounds. The animal was emaciated, and had been cut resulting in a significant amount of blood loss, McLellan said.
Hundred of people flocked to the beach Thursday, taking photographs and videos. Among those was Oak Island resident Betsy Herron.
Herron told the Associated Press she swam out to the whale at one point.
“It may seem crazy, but I wanted it to know that it wasn’t alone and there’s hope,” she said.
Reporter F.T. Norton can be reached at 910-343-2070 or Fran.Norton@StarNewsOnline.com.