St. Augustine, FL - June 2, 2012
Biologists say a whale that stranded on a northeast Florida beach will likely die, despite efforts to save it.
A kayaker spotted the pygmy sperm whale circling near a St. Augustine creek Friday night.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Nadia J. Gordon tells the St. Augustine Record (http://bit.ly/Lj2ArW ) that many pygmy sperm whale strandings are caused by a heart condition.
Last year, there were four such strandings in northeast Florida.
The whale was lifted from the water to a truck for medical care. Gordon said the whale would be sedated and it would likely die.
A necropsy would be performed after the marine mammal dies.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.