Sperm whale necropsy at Ft. DeSoto Beach
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01/02/08 Seán Kinane
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Employees of NOAA and FWC drag the sperm whale carcass onto the beach at Ft. DeSoto Park around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

An aging sperm whale found floating in shallow waters off Pinellas County was euthanized yesterday. The body of the 15-ton whale was dragged ashore at Ft. DeSoto Park where biologists performed a necropsy.

This afternoon, WMNF spoke with one of the participants in the necropsy, Alex Costidis, who is a marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a student at the University of Florida.

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