0.5 miles south of pier; 2.8 miles north of ramp 23, Dare, North Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic
4 Nov 2004
Animal's teeth not erupted, it had papillae on its tongue and no rostral hairs, but hair follicles were still present. Rake marks were present on front of head. There were two xenobalanus present on the animal's flukes. No external abnormalities were present, nor was there scavenger damage. The animal was emaciated with a thin blubber layer. No hemorrhaging or bruising externally or internally. The lungs were heavy and consolidated, deep, dark and red. Froth found in a small amount in esophagus as well as in lungs. Also blood present in lungs. Possible, very small amount of food in stomach upon palpation - stomach was collected whole for lab analysis. Spleen separated into 3 "knuckle-like" sections (photographed) but appeared normal internally. The bladder was full. No other organs WNL. No internal parasites.