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Whale strands itself on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County

Sperm whale stranded on the beach at Hutchinson Island - Saturday, April 24, 2021
Posted at 8:56 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-24 20:56:38-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — A sperm whale stranded itself Saturday at Herman's Bay Beach on Hutchinson Island.

Officials with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were monitoring the whale.

Cristina Maldonado told WPTV she just happened to be walking by and captured the images of the stranded whale with a large rope wrapped around its lower jaw.

Maldonado said officials on the beach told her necropsy results on the whale may take six months.