BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WECT) - Bald Head Island Conservancy officials found a dead whale on shore Monday morning.
According to Assistant Director Poul Lindegaard, his crew discovered the remains of a beaked whale in the middle of South Beach and notified officials immediately.
Lindegaard says beaked whales are a rare sight for southeastern North Carolina.
The UNCW Stranded Marine Mammal Team performed a necropsy on the animal to try and determine a cause of death.
The whale was later buried on the beach.
The Bald Head Island Conservancy posted on their Facebook page a baby bottlenose dolphin was also found stranded on the beach. The dolphin did not survive.
BHI Conservancy is reminding people to call 911 or the conservancy at 910-457-0089 if you find a beached marine mammal. To prevent the spread of possible diseases and further injury to the animals, you should not touch the animal or attempt to push it back into the ocean.