Juvenile pygmy sperm whale washed ashore today Amagansett, Long Island. They only get to about 9 feet and are the smallest of whales. They’re usually in the tropics and in deeper seas. Here’s a video primer. Apparently very rare to see a beached juvenile whale, and even rarer this for species so far north. The commentary:
Incredible day in Amagansett.
A 50-foot fin whale washed up dead on the ocean beach; it had probably been dead a week.
Then, in a truly bizarre coincidence, a once-in-a-lifetime rarity and not normally an animal even found in this region, a pygmy sperm whale, a juvenile, washed up alive 2 miles down the beach. It was an astonishing thing to see. Sadly, it was euthanized later in the day.
Cause of death unknown…Pygmy sperm whale had some skin lesions suggesting bacterial infection. Did not seem thin. Ingestion of plastic always a possibility. They’ll be examined more closely via necropsy in coming days.
Via Carl Safina.