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Dead whale on beach seen dying day before

Dec. 17, 2012 at 9:19 AM   |   Comments

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they believe a dead sperm whale found on Deerfield Beach Monday is the same one spotted offshore of Pompano Beach the day before.

Deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Office said they are investigating reports that swimmers were harassing the dying whale by climbing up on it, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

"There is very little you can do for a whale that is ill or seriously injured," said Stefan Harzen, a marine biologist from Jupiter, Fla.

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