Sperm whale stranded off coast of Florida in the US
Monday, December 31, 2007
Officials and biologists for several federal state and local agencies including the Florida's west coast that may be stranded. It was first spotted by a fisherman.(NOAA) and the are currently observing a 30 foot off
For a while on Sunday, the whale, which is believed to be juvenile, was stuck on a sandbar near the city of. Currently it is swimming in just nine feet of water less than half a mile off shore and officials are determining how to proceed with the situation. Its sex has not yet been determined.
"They’re assessing the situation to decide what they need to do. A sheriff’s office boat is there to keep the interested public at an appropriate, safe distance. We don’t want anybody to get hurt, and we don’t want to stress the whale any more than it is," said spokeswoman for Mote, Nadine Slimak.
It is rare for a Sperm whale to come to shore. In the past 10 years, two dead whales washed up on the western shores of Florida. In 2003 a live whale had to be put to sleep after researchers determined it was ill and came ashore to die.
Sperm whales are the most common of all the whales in the Gulf of Mexico.
- "Biologists Track Sperm Whale Sighted Off St. Pete Beach" — , December 31, 2007
- Kevin Lollar. "Sperm whale stranded at sandbar near Palmetto" — , December 31, 2007