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Newborn sperm whale calf stranded near Marineland

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla — A newborn sperm whale calf was stranded Wednesday afternoon on a beach near Marineland, WFTV Orlando reported.

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The 12½-foot male stranded near the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, north of the Flagler-St. Johns County line.

Officials said the whale would be humanely euthanized because it is not a suitable candidate for rehabilitation.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission led the response effort to the stranding.

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, Marineland, the Whitney Lab, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, and St. Johns County Beach Services assisted FWC with its response.

See a map of the scene below:

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.

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