Saturday, March 05, 2011

Whale Photos

After hearing about my posts of the recent whale sightings on Ocracoke, Carol Pahl sent me two photographs she took last year when a whale graced us by spending nearly two hours swimming back and forth off shore of the "lifeguard beach."

Carol says, "Neither really shows the excitement or size very well. I just couldn't get them to cooperate with me!"

Click on either photo to view a larger image.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of a 1911 wedding on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Could not be more off-topic question: I know--I hope everyone knows--that firewors are verboten on Ocracoke. But with my son getting more interested in model rocketry I wondered if that prohibition covers model rockets as well?

  2. I have no idea what the law says (if anything) about model rockets. However, in the spirit of the law (which was enacted to help protect our island and village from fire [as far as I am concerned, a more likely threat than hurricanes], I would refrain from using anything that could possibly start a wildfire. As wonderful as our fire fighters are, Ocracoke is far more vulnerable to a raging fire than most localities. Not only do we have acres of wooded areas and marsh grasses, and a village tucked among trees and other vegetation (all of which can be especially dry in the summer months), but, as most of our readers know, we are isolated. It is very difficult to get timely assistance from other fire companies, or even air support for fire supression.

    My advice -- if in doubt, don't risk it.

  3. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Thank you for the whale photos! What a treat!

  4. Anonymous5:04 PM

    How about that news item this afternoon (Monday the 7th).

    Humpback whale spotted in the Core Sound off Cedar Island.

  5. Anonymous5:39 PM

    Yea, I saw that news item, too. It was on channel 7 (WITN) during their five o'clock broadcast.


    But I doubt that Philip saw it. He doesn't watch television. He gets his news via the Pony Express.

  6. Anonymous5:51 PM

    The whale was spotted by local residents Monday morning. The Coast Guard says it is a 30-footer and does not appear to be in distress. You can go to WITN's website and read the story, etc.

    Here is the link:

  7. You are right. I didn't see the news broadcast. But I did do an Internet search. Check out this web site with information about the whale stuck in Core Sound:

  8. Sorry...the link I just posted was for the photos. Here's the story link:

    If the entire link is not visible, here is the latter part of the link: