- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials have euthanized a baby pygmy sperm whale after it beached itself in St. Augustine.

Several beachgoers tried to help the injured whale after is washed ashore Saturday morning, but it was too late. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission official gave the distressed whale sedatives and painkillers.

It’s not clear what was wrong with the marine mammal but FWC biologist Nadia Gordan told the Palm Beach Post (http://tinyurl.com/oeeqzwp) that whales usually strand because they are sick or dying.

A full necropsy, including tissue testing, will be conducted to determine what was wrong.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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