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Archive for February, 2009

Humpback whale washes up on Oak Island beach

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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An unusual visitor washed up on shore in Oak Island early Sunday morning.

Police called in a team of marine specialists from UNCW to handle this whale of a problem, literally. A 30-foot, baby humpback whale washed up on Oak Island’s beach. Officials said a whale stranding is not uncommon for our area, but this one died out at sea before washing up.

For many, it was a rare occasion to see marine life up close.

“I walk the beach every morning. I came out this morning and I thought a car was in the water because the tide was in and water was coming over it. I came running down here and it was sad to see it was a humpback whale,” said Oak Island resident, Donna Michaux.

Elvin Gordon said, “I saw the crowd down here and just like everybody else I came along to see what all the excitement is about. I couldn’t believe it.”

The task of removing this creature was left up to a team of marine specialists. After an animal autopsy, it was cut into pieces and buried a few feet from where it washed up.

Officials said the whale suffered from abrasions to his fins and mouth from fishing lines.

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A 30-foot, baby humpback whale washed up on Oak Island’s beach. Officials said a whale stranding is not uncommon for our area, but this one died out at sea before washing up.

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PACE helps ease demands on adult caregivers

Monday, February 9th, 2009

"Role reversal is a huge challenge for a lot of our people," said Larry Reinhart, who heads up the PACE program at Elderhaus. The program enables caregivers — often adult children caring for their aging parents — to get reassurance and needed respite.

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Crossroads: Look out, litterbugs, tattlers on rise

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Some motorists and car passengers in our area might benefit from a letter from the colonel of the N.C. State Highway Patrol. That’s what happens when alert witnesses report litterbugs to the state through its Swat-A-Litterbug program.

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Man apprehended at UNCW after fleeing traffic stop

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

A man was arrested Sunday evening on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington after fleeing Wilmington police during a traffic stop hours earlier, officials said.

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Three-car crash closes Market Street on Sunday night

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

A three-car collision closed several blocks of Market Street Sunday night and sent at least two people to the hospital, officials said.The wreck, which occurred around 9 p.m. in the 4000 block of Market, involved an almost head-on collision between a passenger car and an SUV.

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