30-foot whale washes ashore on Flagler Beach

Published On: Dec 19 2012 10:56:28 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 19 2012 06:14:35 PM EST

A dead 30-foot right whale washes ashore in Flagler Beach.

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. -

A dead 30-foot right whale washed ashore Wednesday morning on Flagler Beach.

The whale washed ashore near Driftway Terrace, according to officials.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission alerted the Flagler County Sheriff's Office about the whale around 9:30 a.m. NOAA fisheries, the Florida Fish and Wildlife, Georgia Aquarium, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, and the Department of National Research worked together on Flagler Beach to investigate.

"We need to know is there something we can be doing differently to better protect this animal and help it recover to the numbers and grow the population essentially," Barb Zoodsma, Fishery biologist told WJXT-TV.

According to the Cape Canaveral National Seashore website, less than 300 Northern Right Whales exist currently. The pregnant females travel to Florida and Georgia coasts during the winter to give birth in what's known as the the only right whale calving area in the world, according to the site.

A necropsy will be conducted to find out the whale's cause of death. Officials said the whale had fishing line attached to its tail, but it's not clear if that's the cause of death.

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