Necropsy reveals unhealthy organs in humpback whale found on Kure Beach

An onlooker gets close to the humpback whale that washed up in Kure Beach Wednesday morning. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

After a 7.5-ton humpback whale was found on the sand in Kure Beach Wednesday morning, a team made up of scientists from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington’s Marine Mammal Stranding Unit, students from the school’s marine biology program and researchers from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher performed a necropsy on the […]


7.5-ton humpback whale washes ashore on Kure Beach w/VIDEO

A humpback whale washed up on Kure Beach Wednesday morning. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Dozens of locals of all ages gathered on the beach strand south of Kure Beach Pier Wednesday morning to see something that’s not often seen here: a dead humpback whale that had washed up overnight on shore. According to Robin Nalepa of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which is assisting the Marine Mammal […]


Year in Review: Most-read general news stories in 2015

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The waning days of 2015 saw Port City Daily taking a look back at the most read stories of the year in several categories, including high school sports, crime, business and more. But which general news stories had readers clicking and sharing when they first published? Below is a listing – in countdown order – […]


Chef Emeril Lagasse to host GLOW fundraising luncheon, dinner in Wilmington

Chef Emeril Lagasse's fundraising luncheon has been moved to the Country Club of Landfall to accommodate more diners. Courtesy photo.

A celebrity chef is whipping up some culinary creations for a good cause in the Port City later this month. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will prepare lunch for 200 ticket holders on Friday, Jan. 29 at Pembroke’s, 1125 A Military Cutoff Road in The Forum. The night before, he’ll serve an intimate private dinner at […]


Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences places second in state Science Olympiad

After winning the regional Science Olympiad competition, WAAS' team went on in December to place second statewide. Courtesy photo.

Some local students of a small school have won big at Science Olympiad. The middle school team from the Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS) recently placed second out of 16 middle schools from around the state. It’s an impressive feat, considering the local private school–aimed at nurturing academically gifted students in sixth through […]


After necropsy, scientists have many questions about great white’s death

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What may have caused a mighty great white shark, one of the ocean’s greatest predators, to end up on our shores? That’s what marine biologists at UNC-Wilmington are still trying to figure out after a necropsy performed on the animal Tuesday showed no obvious signs of life-threatening trauma. According to Dr. Thomas Lankford, an ichthyologist […]


Tickets on sale for literacy council’s third annual 12 Tastes of Christmas

The third annual 12 Tastes of Christmas will take place on Dec. 11. Several local restaurants and bars will offer up taste treats and drinks. Photo courtesy of event organizers.

Get a sip or nibble from more than 15 local bars and restaurants during an annual holiday fundraiser to help a local non-profit. The third annual 12 Tastes of Christmas, a benefit for the Cape Fear Literacy Council, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Brooklyn Arts Center located […]


Beach nourishment funding a ‘serious problem’ for county, beach towns

The last renourishment at Carolina Beach wrapped up in early 2013. Photo by Ben Brown.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has pledged to work with the county’s beach towns of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach to work on short-term funding for coastal storm reduction projects, also known as beach nourishment, in the absence of state or federal help. After hearing a subcommittee report made by the […]


UNCW named among top colleges for beach lovers

The ability for students to have a little fun in the sun--as seen here at a Family and Alumni Weekend event--helped land UNCW on Money Magazine's recent list. Photo courtesy UNCW.

UNC-Wilmington has landed a spot on a national list of the best colleges for beach lovers. Time’s Money Magazine recently named the local university to its top 10 spots for students hoping to hit the books with their toes in the sand. UNCW came in at number 10 among Money’s picks, each giving off “beachy […]


Wilmington police warn community about return of IRS phone scam

The Wilmington Police Department is warning the community of a phone scam that has returned to the area. The phone scam is a call from someone falsely claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service, who demands the victim to pay a fake tax bill, according to police spokeswoman Linda Rawley. “They con the victim […]


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