Beached sperm whale dies on Florida coast (VIDEO)

Animal News : Beached sperm whale dies on Florida coast

A beached sperm whale died on Monday off the coast of Venice in the United States. The sperm whale became stranded on the beach in Florida over the weekend.

Since Sunday morning, police and wildlife officials had tried to free the male sperm. Officials said the whale was breathing heavily and was suffering.

They decided to euthanize the animal as they were unable to rescue him because of high winds and surf in the Gulf of Mexico waters off Venice’s coast. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

“The whale is confirmed a 44-foot-long (13.4 meters) male with a time of death at approximately 3 am (Monday),” Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said in a statement.

“Biologists will collect samples to attempt to determine the cause of illness and death and to better understand the sperm whale’s health and life history. Results of the samples will likely take several weeks,” it added.

Male sperm whales can reach lengths of up to 60 feet (18 meters) and weigh over 50 tons. Their brains are the largest of any animal, weighing up to 20 pounds (9 kg).

Sperm whales are deep divers

They are known for their incredible diving capabilities, reaching depths of over 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) and holding their breath for up to 90 minutes while hunting for giant squids.

Sperm whales use a sophisticated form of echolocation to navigate and hunt in the deep, dark waters of the ocean. They produce a series of clicks that bounce off objects and return to the whale, helping them to “see” their environment with sound.

Social structure

They exhibit complex social structures. Females and their young live in groups, while adult male sperm whales tend to be more solitary or form bachelor groups. 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) currently lists sperm whales as vulnerable. In the 19th and 20th centuries, they were heavily hunted for their spermaceti, a waxy substance found in their heads, which was used in oil lamps, lubricants, and candles.

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