Mob spotted Stranded Melon-headed Whale near West Gulf Shores
Mob crowded at a beach in west Gulf Shores Tuesday morning to see a stranded melon-headed whale that was several yards away from shore.
It was strange to see the whale at a certain distance from the shore as it is an off-shore species, said marine specialists.
Noel Wingers, marine mammal stranding coordinator with the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network, said, “So that is another indication that it was not in good health and not in good shape because typically they wouldn’t be up this close to shore unless something’s wrong with them”.
The whale belonged to a dolphin family. The locals and vacationers gathered at the beach to watch the creature, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).
A vacationer, Kim Bos, said that he belongs to Michigan and Lake Michigan, and there are no such animals out there. It was an extremely attention-grabbing event, Bos added.
The young adult male whale was seen by mob at 6 am after which they called the Dauphin Island Sea Lab at 6:15 am. It was then brought out of the water. After bringing the whale out of the water, a marine veterinarian from Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge came to evaluate the creature and tranquilized it for transport.
Wingers said the whale looked good externally, but it might have some internal problem due to which it was seen close to the shore. The necropsy will give the further details to what exactly happened to the creature, Wingers added. Because of the whale’s illness the decision was taken to euthanize it.
The whale’s body was transported to Dauphin Island Sea Lab for a necropsy, and it will take few months to obtain the results.
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