JUPITER ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a pygmy sperm whale calf had to be euthanized after its mother died on a central Florida beach.
The whales stranded Tuesday morning on Jupiter Island.
Charles Manire of the Loggerhead MarineLife Center in Juno Beach tells The Palm Beach Post that the mother seemed disoriented in the water and emaciated before it came ashore and died.
The calf came ashore nearby. Authorities say the baby whale had to be euthanized because it would not survive without its mother.
Another pygmy sperm whale calf had to be euthanized its mother stranded and died near Jupiter last month. Tests on those whales' remains to determine the cause of death are still pending.