Necropsy taking place on euthanized sperm whale

FORT DESOTO —  Scientists are back on the beach Friday, trying to figure out what killed a 32-foot sperm whale that beached itself near John’s Pass.   A necropsy is taking place today.   Florida Fish and Wildlife crews euthanized the whale Thursday. The whale was given a sedative first.   Kevin Baxter with the FWC said the sperm whale had been near the shore in Madeira Beach since 7:30 a.m. Thursday.   “Our goal is to not only make sure the animal no longer suffers but also find out as much as we can for future events and study things we can only find out from an animal like this,” said Mike Walsh, with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. “Is it infectious; is it toxic? What actually made the animal get into this shape and come ashore to die?”   FWC officials said the whale was emaciated and near death.   Many people gathered along the beach for hours Thursday to watch as crews worked to euthanize the whale. The animal eventually was towed from the beach to Fort DeSoto….MORE


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