Posted by: The ocean update | October 8, 2015

Melon-headed pygmy whale rescued off of Singer Island (Florida, USA)

rescue-Florida-melon-headedOctober 8th, 2015 (Katie Johnson, John Sparks). RIVIERA BEACH, FLA.– Lifeguards say a struggling whale was spotted off Singer Island Thursday.

According to biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it was a melon-headed pygmy whale.

Beachgoers jumped into the water when they spotted the struggling mammal, and helped bring it into shore.

Biologists took the marine mammal away in a special truck used specifically for transporting large marine life.

FWC biologists say they are taking the small whale to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Ft. Pierce to be checked out.

It’s not clear yet what exactly was wrong with the mammal, or if it will survive.

Melon-headed whales are small members of the dolphin group and found primarily in deep waters throughout tropical areas of the world, according to NOAA .

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