Pygmy sperm whale, baby calf die after washing up on Jersey Shore beach

BRIGANTINE – A pygmy sperm whale and her young calf had to be euthanized Wednesday after they washed ashore in Brigantine hours apart, officials said.

The adult female pygmy sperm whale was found by beach-goers rolling in the surf close to the shoreline at 2 p.m., according Marine Mammal Stranding Center director Bob Schoelkopf.

Officials from the stranding center, which is based in Brigantine, responded, but the 600-pound, nine-foot long mammal had to be euthanized at around 3:30 p.m., Schoelkopf said.

“The mother was very fatigued,” Schoelkopf said. “She was scarred and bloodied from rolling around,” adding it’s possible the …read more

Source: Atlantic

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