Parasites found in dead humpback whale on NC coast

KURE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — A dead humpback whale that washed up in the surf south of Wilmington had parasites in its kidneys.

Scientists tell local media outlets that may have contributed to the death of the whale that was found washed up on the shore in Kure Beach on Wednesday morning.

A necropsy on the 15,000-pound whale was performed but scientists say the exact cause of death won’t be known until results of tests are available in a few days.

The juvenile humpback was between 1 and 2 years old.