UPDATE: Beached whale euthanized, necropsy planned (PHOTOS), Destin Log, February 02, 2011:
A beached sperm whale with a few lacerations on its body drew a crowd of about half a dozen people Wednesday evening behind Shoreline Towers in Destin.
An Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy on scene said that officials from the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had been notified and were on their way.
Beached whale euthanized, necropsy planned (PHOTOS), Northwest Florida Daily News, February 03, 2011:
A sperm whale found beached behind Shoreline Towers on Wednesday evening was euthanized after a veterinarian determined it could not be saved.
“It was not in a condition that it could be rehabbed,” Amanda Wilkerson, director of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, said Thursday. ...
Witnesses reported that the whale was bleeding profusely, but Wilkerson said it was actually “inking,” which is a defense mechanism.
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