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BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WECT) - A whale washed up on Bald Head Island Sunday morning and later ended up dying.
Responders with UNCW's Marine Mammal Stranding Program say they think it was a pigymy sperm whale, a type of whale normally lives in very deep waters, making it highly unlikely that they live if they wash up on shore.
They say citizens tried to help around the 9-foot whale and were very supportive.
The citizens ended up pushing the whale into the ocean.
According to the Bald Head Island Conservancy, the whale washed up on shore again Monday. Their Stranding team will determine cause of death and decide if they will do a field necropsy or take it to UNCW for evaluation.
Ann Pabst, with the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program, says the whale was spotted in the water off the coast, and they have reason to believe that it died.
If you see a marine mammal washed up on the beach - you should call the local police department, they will be able to contact the right people and tell you what to do.
You can also page the Marine Mammal Stranding Program at (910) 254-5713.
Authorities say you should report it regardless of if it is dead or alive.
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