Injured beached sperm whale dies in Portugal

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Sperm whale washed up on the shore of the beach in Fonte da Telha, Almada, Portugal, April 15, 2022, credit: Reuters/Miguel Pereira

An injured sperm whale who stranded on a beach in Portugal died Friday night. The whale washed up on the shore of Fonte da Telha beach in Almada on Friday morning, authorities said.

Attempts to guide the 10-meter long whale to deeper waters were unsuccessful. “At this point very little [chance of survival]. We have to wait until he dies. There is no other way,” Marina Sequeira, a biologist at Portugal’s Nature Conservation Institute and Forestry (ICNF), said Friday afternoon.

Sequeira said that the whale was probably hit by a large vessel and that when that happens, the chance of survival is very small. The animal had fractures and injuries on his body.

The whale died at 9:30 pm, and the body would be removed, the captain of the Port of Lisbon told Lusa news agency.

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