Mother and calf pygmy whales stranded in Jupiter die

Washed ashore near Carlin Park in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. - Two pygmy sperm whales, mother and calf, have died after washing ashore Monday afternoon near Carlin Park in Jupiter, according to authorities.

The mother pygmy sperm whale died a few hours after washing ashore near Carlin Park. Her calf was euthanized by a veterinarian from Juno Beach-based Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

The veterinarian said he was given the go ahead to euthanize the baby whale from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"They're deep diving animals we cannot make a tank deep enough for these animals to survive in captivity these are wild animals that belong in their habitat, they do not belong in our world." said Dr. Barb Brunnick with the Marine Animal Rescue Society.

 Necropsies will be performed at NOAA's headquarters in Miami.

Dan Krauth and Laura Santos contributed to this story.



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