In this photo provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration a rare white killer whale was spotted by federal scientists Feb. 23, 2008, about 2 miles off Kanaga Volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Holly Fearnbach)
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - Marine mammal experts euthanized a stranded infant sperm whale after they had rescued it earlier in the day off the Florida Keys.
Marine Mammal Conservancy President Robert Lingenfelser says the
decision to euthanize the calf was made after an examination by a
marine mammal veterinarian on Monday. The mammal was less then a
week old and severely dehydrated.
Officials say the 12 to 13-foot mammal was located deep in the mangroves on the edge of a small island about five miles southwest of Islamorada. It was taken to shore and transferred to the
conservancy in Key Largo.
Lingenfelser says "It's always disappointing to lose a marine
mammal, especially a baby that is just starting out in life."
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)