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Whale washes ashore near Carolina Beach boardwalk

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A whale has washed ashore near the Carolina Beach boardwalk. Aquarium officials believe the 15-foot whale is a sub-adult Minky whale. They say it has identified some shark interaction with the animal, but can’t say at this time that is what killed the whale.

People have been stopping by to take pictures, and say that the animal has some very noticeable shark bites. Several residents WWAY’s Ramon Herrera spoke with think the animal could have been attacked by the Great White shark that was spotted about 25 miles southeast of Wrightsville Beach more than a week ago.

A perimeter has been put up around the whale. Officials are urging the public not to touch the whale because there is a possibility it could have died of disease. Right now, the plan is to perform an ecropsy Thursday morning to see how the whale died. Until then, it will remain on shore near the Carolina Beach boardwalk.

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