A baby humpback whale washed up on Bald Head Island’s beaches Thursday, Oct. 27.
Bald Head Island Conservancy spokeswoman Amber Walters said the whale washed up at 4 p.m. along South Beach near the Shoals Club. Despite efforts to rescue it, the whale died just after 6 p.m.
The whale measured 28 feet long, weighing about 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, or roughly three tons. The conservancy estimates the whale, a female, was 8 months old.