MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A necropsy is planned for a sperm whale that beached itself in Pinellas County.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the 30-foot whale was euthanized Thursday afternoon. Commission spokesman Kevin Baxter says the whale was found Thursday morning in poor health and emaciated on Madeira Beach.
A necropsy is planned for Friday.
Baxter says this deep-water species is not supposed to be so close to shore.
Hundreds of beachgoers gathered around the whale, taking pictures as wildlife officials and animal experts tried to save the whale.