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Pygmy whale found beached at Port Canaveral is euthanized

Posted at 5:24 AM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 05:30:57-04

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A female pygmy sperm whale found beached on the rocks in central Florida has been euthanized.

Florida Today reports that biologists had to kill the marine mammal on Monday because deep-diving whales don't survive in captivity.

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute research scientist Wendy Noke Durden says rescuers can't replicate the diet and conditions the whales need in captivity.

The nearly 10-foot-long whale was found by a commercial fisherman on Monday near the Trident submarine basin at Port Canaveral.

Researchers say the whale looked like it had been sick for a while.

The animal's carcass will be examined in a necropsy at a Melbourne Beach facility.

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