NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Emergency Services crews were called to reports of two beached whales near Kingston Plantation just south of North Myrtle Beach Thursday morning.
Beach-goers covered the whales with wet towels and set up umbrellas to keep them out of the direct sun.
Beach Patrol officers said witnesses told them a whale gave birth and then went back into the ocean. However, Coastal Carolina University Marine Expert clarifies that the whale did not actually give birth, but was most likely coming on shore because she was sick and recognized that she was dying.
The calf is now with biologists at CCU where they will examine and determine the best care for the animal.
News13 confirmed that one of the whales stranded did die. A Coastal Carolina University Marine Biologist is on the scene as crews work to save the other whale.