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Several dead stingrays found washed ashore

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Fisheries Biologist Chris Stewart said crews with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries went to reported area Wednesday and found about ten stingrays. (Source: Division of Water Quality via Barbara Pugh) Fisheries Biologist Chris Stewart said crews with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries went to reported area Wednesday and found about ten stingrays. (Source: Division of Water Quality via Barbara Pugh)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Several dead stingrays have washed on shore near Bradley Creek off the Intracoastal Waterway.

Fisheries Biologist Chris Stewart said crews with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries went to reported area Wednesday and found about ten stingrays.

According to Stewart, there were some Bluntnose Stingrays and possibly a few Southern Stingrays, but it was hard to identify them all because some were completely underwater.

Stewart said the stingrays appeared to have multiple puncture wounds on their heads, leading experts to believe they were gigged.

Stewart explained Marine Patrol indicated that other than being guilty of being cruel, whoever did this didn't break any laws. Marine Patrol told Stewart the act of gigging was not illegal, nor was the act of dumping the carcasses back in the water.

A witness who first found the stingrays alerted WECT to the issue. She said she spotted nearly two dozen dead along the waterway. 

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