WAM 609 - Dwarf sperm whale
Cally Harper and Marina Piscitelli, UNCW stranding
volunteers, examine a dwarf sperm whale
July 23, 2005
The animal was first observed alive by private citizens in Shalotte Inlet at 5pm on July 23, 2005. The animal live stranded and was pushed off by local citizens but continued north into the inlet and approached the Intracoastal Waterway. At 8pm a small boat came across the animal in the marsh and approached it. They said the animal came towards the boat and raised its head. The animal went back to the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway and at 8:45pm death throws were observed. The animal died at approximately 9pm on July 23. The animal was recovered by local citizens, and transferred to the UNCW stranding team for necropsy.