MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) — A beaked whale that beached itself in Brevard County, Fla., died despite attempts by local residents to save it, a marine expert said.
Megan Stolen of the Hubbs Research Center said while the would-be rescuers had good intentions, touching marine mammals can potentially hurt more than help, WFTV of Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday.
“It’s actually the worst thing you can do for the animal, because it prolongs the suffering of the animal. It prohibits us from caring for the animal,” Stolen said.
Ann Kozlowski, one of the residents who tried to help the 15-foot whale, said its death still weighs heavy on her mind.
“We are animal lovers and I won’t forget this. I’ll be up thinking about it all night. It’ll take a couple days for me to get over something like this,” Kozlowski told WFTV.
The TV station said researchers are trying to determine what caused the 2,000-pound beaked whale to beach itself, a rare occurrence.
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