Mandibles of live stranded minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) reveal chronic net entanglement
On May 9, 2015, a live young entangled and stranded minke whale came ashore on the ocean beach of Duck, NC. Responders from the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network removed net which was embedded in flesh at the tips of the mandibles. The whale was refloated but soon returned to the beach and died. The cleaned mandibles show bone having grown around the entangling net demonstrating the chronic nature of the entanglement.