The sperm whale seen drifting off Pompano Beach, Florida yesterday has died. According to officials, the whale likely sustained injuries or became ill a day or two before it was found in the shallow waters.
Unfortunately, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now looking into a report from a local resident who photographed two swimmers climbing on top of the whale while it was still alive earlier in the day.
“This whale was likely ill or injured and that is why it came in so close to shore,” said Blair Mase, NOAA’s southeast regional stranding coordinator. “This type of harassment could have caused more harm and added stress to an already stressed whale and ultimately caused its demise.”
Mase noted that harassing a marine mammal is a federal offense.
To learn more:
- Read the full article from NBC: NOAA to Look Into Report of Swimmer Getting on Whale that Died
- Watch the following video about the incident
View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com.
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