From NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs.
Cedar Island, N.C. — Coast Guard and marine specialists are keeping watch on a humpback whale that has been spotted swimming in Core Sound off the North Carolina coast.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Kevin Sullivan said the whale was discovered Monday morning, March 7th, near Cedar Island. Vicky Thayer of the national Marine Fisheries Services went by boat to visit the whale Monday afternoon and reported that the 30-foot mammal did not appear to be in distress.
Sullivan says whales occasionally become stranded in the sound during low tides, when water depth can drop to four feet or less in some places.
Atlantic coast humpback whales typically migrate each spring from the Caribbean to colder waters near Newfoundland. Humpbacks are known for their large tales and song-like voices. Adult whales range from 30 to 50 feet in length