The Coastal Star

Stranded Whale — Delray Beach, Aug. 28

Alessandra Medri, the marine animal stranding coordinator for Palm Beach County's Environmental Resources Management department checks on a pygmy sperm whale found near shore in Delray Beach on Aug. 28. Passersby and Delray Beach lifeguards stayed with and comforted the whale. After being examined by a veterinarian, the whale was found to be in failing health with no chance of recovery. It was then euthanized and transported to Palm Beach Zoo for necropsy. According to Dr. Kirt W. Rusenko, the Marine Conservationist at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, this is the 6th pygmy sperm whale stranding in our area this year. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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