A beached whale in Florida was struggling and emaciated, according to the biologists who came to examine the whale. This 30-foot sperm came into shore at a Tampa, Florida beach, according to CNN Nov. 1.
Whales don’t usually come this close to shore unless something is wrong and when the marine biologists got a close-up look at this whale they could tell it wouldn’t make it. They did the most humane thing they could and euthanized the whale.
As scary and big as this creature looked, the marine biologist were able to stand with the whale in waist-deep water to end its life. As people gathered on the beach to get a look at this whale, now becoming somewhat of a tourist attraction, the biologist went to work.
Using a technique that they’ve used numerous times in the past to actually end a whale’s life, the biologist first gave the creature a strong sedative before they plunged a six-foot needle into the whale’s chest cavity to stop its heart.
The remains of the whale will be towed away and the biologists are planning to do a necropsy on the creature today. A necropsy is the animal equivalent of a human autopsy.