WPTV asks today: "Did whales in Delray Beach and Jensen Beach wash ashore for the same reason?"
According to the news station's report, "A dead whale was discovered Thursday morning in Delray Beach at 240 South Ocean Boulevard. A short time later, scientists were dispatched to aid a pigmy sperm whale that was found alive and stranded in shallow water, just south of Jensen Beach public beach park."
WPTV interviewed Steve McCulloch, founder and manager of the Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Program at Harbor Branch:
- "This animal (the whale found in Jensen Beach) had no outward signs of trauma, other than a few cuts and abrasions from the surf."
- "It's very unlikely that oil contaimated oil [sic] is a cause. That will be determined through analysis of blubber."
- "There is a distinct possibility that the two beached whale incidents are related. We will try to determine that through examination"...
Read the report here.
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