HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) — Authorities say a whale that was attacked by a shark had to be put to death after it washed ashore on Hilton Head Island.
The shark sighting Saturday afternoon also closed the beach for a half-hour.
Shore Beach Services told The Island Packet of Hilton Head that the lifeguard saw the whale being attacked around 3 p.m. Saturday, then saw the Pygmy sperm whale wash ashore.
Beach services operations manager Mike Wagner says a veterinarian was called, but the whale could not be saved and was euthanized.
Lifeguards cleared the ocean for 30 minutes, but the shark was not seen again.