MADIERA BEACH, FL (CNN/BAYNEWS9) – Officials have decided to give a beached sperm whale a sedative before euthanizing it.
Dr. Mike Walsh with the University of Florida college of veterinary medicine said the fact that the animal came to shore means it is going to die on its own.
Walsh said the goal is to take a human approach to death rather than allow the whale to suffer over a period of days.
The sperm whale is about 30 to 35 feet long and is 20 yards from shore. The whale has been near the beach since early Thursday morning.
Law enforcement were on the beach to ensure that biologists are able to monitor the whale. After the whale is dead, it will be towed to an isolated facility for research.
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