facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Scientists search for cause of pygmy whale beaching in South Florida

July 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM   |   Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- Scientists in South Florida say they are studying the remains of a pygmy sperm whale and her calf, which died after beaching themselves on Jupiter Island.

The mother was dying when found by volunteers looking for new sea turtle nests, but the calf was alive, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.

The adult mammal was "in very bad shape, very thin and emaciated," said Dr. Charles Manire, the director of research and rehabilitation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

The calf, which was two or three days old, was euthanized because a calf that young cannot survive without its mother, Manire said.

The bodies were taken to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton for necropsies. Authorities said the mother might have had heart disease, which is common in the species.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Bill O'Reilly lashes out at Colbert for mocking his IS strategy Bill O'Reilly lashes out at Colbert for mocking his IS strategy
2
Russia allegedly deploys paratroopers to eastern Ukraine Russia allegedly deploys paratroopers to eastern Ukraine
3
Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event
4
Mayor of LA suburb shot, killed inside home Mayor of LA suburb shot, killed inside home
5
Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter
Trending News
x
Feedback