More whales wash ashore in Florida

Friday, September 3, 2010
By Paul Martin

Did whales in Delray Beach and Jensen Beach wash ashore for the same reason?

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 Facebook fan Kristy Lopp Smith Numbaonecoltsfan asked what many others are wondering.

“Is this due to the hurricanes?”

To try to get some answers, Newschannel 5 spoke with Steve McCulloch, founder and manager of the Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Program at Harbor Branch.

“There is a distinct possibility that the two beached whale incidents are related. We will try to determine that through examination,” McCulloch said.

“Sometimes, a stranding event takes place because the animal is sick, weak or injured. This animal (the whale found in Jensen Beach) had no outward signs of trauma, other than a few cuts and abrasions from the surf. The conditions of the ocean may have contributed to a stranding event because if the animal is weak or sick, obviously swimming in bigger surf can be a more challenging environment. The way winds are blowing could bring them closer to shore than normal.”

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