Update: DNA confirms Rare Bryde's Whale Off Florida is Gulf of Mexico Species
Biologists are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and examine what is believed to be a rare Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale.
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The 38-foot male Bryde's whale washed up along Sandy Key in the Florida Everglades Tuesday, January 29. With the help of the Everglades National Park Service, biologists with NOAA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Mote Marine Laboratory, Marine Animal Rescue Society, the University of Miami and Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responders have performed a necropsy (non-human autopsy) and taken samples from the whale to try to determine how it died.
During the examination, biologists noticed the whale was underweight and had a hard piece of plastic (approximately 3 inches by 2 inches in size) in its stomach. An exact cause of death has yet to be determined