Dead whale had “bacterial infection” and large abscess near windpipe — External bleeding reported by witnesses (VIDEO)

Infection, abscess found in stranded whale, Houston Chronicle, February 25, 2011:

A bacterial infection and large abscess found near the windpipe of a pygmy sperm whale euthanized this week likely caused it to be stranded on Galveston Island, according to preliminary findings of a necropsy made public Friday. …

A nine-hour necropsy by Dr. Daniel Cowen for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network showed the infection and large abscess near the windpipe were too far advanced to be treated, said Heidi Whitehead, stranding network coordinator.

“The abscess may have contributed to further complication throughout the body,” Whitehead said in a written statement.

The necropsy also found evidence of heart failure, she said, adding that the animal was a female.

ABC 13 reports witnesses said the whale was bleeding:

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