Mariners asked for help locating sick whale inside Oregon Inlet

By on June 18, 2017

(Submitted photo)

A humpback whale that was reportedly sick and emaciated was spotted Saturday in the sound north of Oregon Inlet, but has since disappeared and mariners are being asked for assistance in trying to locate it.

Marina Doshkov with the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network said the whale was first spotted on a sandbar near the inlet Saturday morning, and then was last seen swimming in the channel that afternoon.

Veterinarians and other responders are standing by to assess the whale’s condition, according to Doshkov.


“Since humpback whales are considered a protected species, please remain a safe distance of at least 100 yards from the whale,” Doshkov said.

Sightings can be reported to the stranding network at 252-455-9654.


  • Willard Whyte

    Mankind in its arrogance is yet again playing the role of God. Everytime an ailing animal is saved, we disrupt the natural order of nature. Animals just as people grow older, develop disease, and die. There’s a point when being humane only prolongs an animal’s suffering. Being compassionate requires us to let go at times and that’s often the most humane act we can make.

    Monday, Jun 19 @ 7:36 am
  • T.W. Mangrove

    It’s not sick, it’s just pining for the fjords.

    Monday, Jun 19 @ 3:25 pm
  • Rich

    If her problems were created by humans, ie. nets, trash, etc….. then we should step in.

    Monday, Jun 19 @ 7:20 pm
  • Nick. H.

    Willard, what if the issue that is causing the poor health of this animal is directly tied to human interference? While letting nature take its course is something I strongly stand behind, why should we not do everything in our power to ensure that the animal is in less pain then it is in right now? Best case scenario we have ended the suffering of this whale, and it is only playing God to the same extent that a doctor would be when treating a sick patient.

    Monday, Jun 19 @ 11:01 pm
  • acumen

    Cry me a river. Animals die. Spend your money, not mine. I guarantee we subsidize this sick animal locating network.

    There are quite a few sick humans easy to find around here.

    Tuesday, Jun 20 @ 11:39 pm
  • Connected

    All life on this planet is connected. If we’ve lost empathy for other species at least consider the value of a selfish motive: finding the whale could prevent a boating or other watercraft accident that could harm a human.

    Also those in the know about the wonderful work the mammal rescue group does understand that the goal is not always saving a sick animal- sometimes euthanasia with removal and gathering data to learn how we can live in harmony

    Wednesday, Jun 21 @ 9:28 am
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