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Bottlenose dolphin found stranded at Atlantic Beach

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(Photo: CMAST - NC State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology)
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An 8-foot, six-inch male bottlenose dolphin stranded on Atlantic Beach.

A bottlenose dolphin was found stranded at Atlantic Beach on Wednesday.

The 8-foot 6-inch male dolphin was dead when N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Biologist Dr. Vicky Thayer and Professor Dr. Craig Harms arrived at the beach.

After finishing a brief evaluation on the beach, scientists say the dolphin was taken to the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology for a necropsy.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.