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Whale Stranded South Of Crescent Beach

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Stranded whale on the beach with trash in its stomach

Whale On The  Beach

A juvenile cuvier beaked whale became stranded on the beach just north of Fort Matanzas Beach last week.

Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station (GACFS) was contacted and the GACFS team arrived to find the whale on the beach alive but they all agreed that the whale seemed to be suffering. After much discussion with the veterinarian, the team decided to euthanize the whale.

 

According to staff from the GACFS when a whale washes up on the beach it is usually sick or old and suffering. A necropsy was performed on the whale and the whale was found to have plastic bags as well as braided line in it’s stomach. Samples were sent to Atlanta to be studied and a pathology report will be generated.

It is possible that the whale was affected by the Morbillivirus, a virus found in the water and known to kill other local marine life such as dolphins. If you come across any injured wildlife call: Florida Fish and Wildlife at 888-404-3922.

An International Coastal Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday Sept 20th at various sites along the coast. The cleanup is scheduled by The Ocean Conservancy. Trash will be picked up, counted and the findings will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be studied. See our front page Beach Business Spotlight for more information about the International Coastal Cleanup.

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