The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Monday, 08 March 2021 12:56

Right whale entangled in ropes and debris dies off Myrtle Beach

Post and Courier:  Right whale meets sad end off Myrtle Beach

An endangered North Atlantic right whale monitored by researchers died off the northern South Carolina coast.

Right whales got their name from the fact they were the "right" whale to hunt. The species was almost hunted to extinction and its revival is faltering.

"Cottontail" was entangled in "ropes and other gear" and suffered its way from the Florida coast to Myrtle Beach, where it succumbed to its injuries.

Great white sharks reportedly fed on the carcass off the shore of the popular tourist destination.