A mother pygmy sperm whale died and her female calf was euthanized after both washed ashore Monday afternoon in Jupiter.
The mother was found around 4:30 p.m. along a stretch of beach just north of the Jupiter Reef Club, while the calf was found just to the north near Carlin Park, according to authorities. The calf was moved to be near her mother, but had to be euthanized when the mother died, officials from the Florida Fish and Wildflife Conservation Commission said.
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Pygmy sperm whale facts
• Live in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and prefer to live in tropical and subtropical climates.
• Very rarely sighted because of their small size, oceanic habitat and inactive nature.
• Bluish gray color with a lighter colored underbody.
• Between 9 1/2 – 11 1/2 feet long and weigh between 600 – 1,000 pounds.
• Life span estimated to be mid-20s.
• Able to produce dark red ink when threatened to blind and disorient its attacker.
• Diet consists of crab, shrimp, fish, octopus and squid.
• Mostly solitary, although they may travel in small pods of up to 8.