Pygmy sperm whales beach on Jupiter Island

JUPITER ISLAND, FL (WFLX) - Two whales beached Tuesday morning on Jupiter Island.

The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission received a call saying a pygmy sperm whale mother and calf came ashore at 251 South Beach Road.

Officers responded to the scene and discovered the mother died shortly after beaching. The baby was euthanized because there is almost no chance of survival without the mother.

Experts say it's likely the mother was very sick and the calf followed her to shore.

A veterinarian said these whales like deep water and it's never a good sign when they are near the shore.

Necropsies will be performed on the pair.

Almost a month ago two pygmy sperm whales, a mother and calf, washed ashore near Carlin Park in Jupiter.

The mother died shortly after beaching. Her calf was later euthanized by a veterinarian from Juno Beach-based Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

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