Pygmy whale beaches itself on Delray Beach, dies


A pygmy sperm whale beached itself twice Saturday afternoon in some distress, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The whale died after the second beaching on Saturday.

It came ashore on the north end of Delray Beach, just south of George Bush Boulevard, initially around 1 p.m., said FWC spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish.

At that point, bystanders attempted to push the whale — which can range from 10-11 feet in length and more than 700 pounds, according to NOAA Fisheries — back into the water, which is when FWC officials first responded. The whale beached itself a second time around 2 p.m., Parrish said.

“We don’t recommend that,” Parrish said, referring to pushing beached whales back into the water.

Whales which beach themselves tend to have some sort of distress — either an illness or injury.

It was euthanized and cleared from the beach around 4 p.m., according to Parrish.

Instead of pushing a beached whale into the ocean again, the FWC recommends reaching out to a 24-hour wildlife emergency hotline at (888) 404-3922.



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