DISL: stranded sperm whale found in Mobile Bay, euthanized

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UPDATE (11/25 13:50) – At a press conference held by Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dr Ruth Carmichael said the whale was found in Mobile Bay and euthanized on Wednesday morning.

UPDATE (11/24) – The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is asking anyone who sees the sperm whale in Mobile Bay to call. Their teams are currently looking for the whale.

If anyone sees the animal, please call 1-877-Whale-Help (942-5343) immediately. For your safety and the safety of the whale, please do not approach or touch the animal. Sperm whales are endangered species and any interaction with the animal is considered harassment. Please stay at least 500 meters from the animal.

MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – The Dauphin Island Sea Lab provided an update Monday afternoon on the sperm whale stranded in Mobile Bay.

Thank you for your continued concern about the adult sperm whale that washed up in Mobile Bay. This situation is complex and fluid. The whale is in poor condition and has limited swimming ability (circle swimming and lateral position) in the water when it floats freely. The whale is considered to be very far from its normal habitat. The sperm whale’s normal habitat is in the deep waters of the ocean. The fact that he ended up in Mobile Bay tells us that something is wrong with the whale and is confirmed by emaciation and difficulty swimming.
We do our best to ensure the animal’s comfort and the safety of the animal and the public while we monitor its condition and determine if there will be a need for euthanasia. Unfortunately, the conditions were not favorable for performing euthanasia.
We monitor the whale on an ongoing basis as conditions permit, and we do our best to do what is right for this whale with the safety of our team in mind.
We urge anyone who sees the animal to immediately contact the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-877-Whale-Help (942-5343). For your safety and the safety of the whale, please do not approach or touch the animal. Sperm whales are an endangered species and any interaction with the animal is considered harassment. Please stay at least 500 meters from the animal.

Dauphin Island Marine Laboratory

Click here read their answers to frequently asked questions about the whale.

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