July 21st, 2016 (Frank Powers). It has been a sad week for marine mammal researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A dead kogia whale calf washed up at Fort Clinch in Nassau County Monday. Then a dead kogia whale was found dead in the area Tuesday.
There were three dead dolphins found on area beaches this week, including one found on Flagler Beach. Another was found in the St. Johns River.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has seen an increase in the number of dead animals washing ashore lately, and even had an unusual call.
“We also had whale parts wash up on Tuesday in St. Johns County – a couple lungs and a liver,” said Gordon, a marine mammal biologist for FWC.
This could be from decomposing or shark scavenging.
Gordon said if an animal is beached, its probably there for a reason and needs immediate attention.
Baker-Hinton said she’s continuing to keep her eyes open during her patrols.
FWC says if you see an animal on the shore, don’t try to throw it back into the water. Call the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC.