canada africa partner reservation Whale washes up along beach in Delaware near Indian River Inlet

Whale washes up along beach in Delaware near Indian River Inlet

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. (CBS) – A whale washed up along a beach in Delaware near the Indian River Inlet on Sunday, the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute said.

The MERR Institute said the mammal is a “fin whale,” the second largest whale species on Earth, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The mammal is about 15 meters long, according to the MERR Institute.

The whale stranded at IR Inlet is a sub-adult fin whale. She/he is a subadult with a length of approximately 15.5 meters. The whale…

Posted by MERR Institute on Sunday, May 5, 2024

According to the MERR Institute, the whale was “extremely emaciated,” meaning it suffered from an “underlying long-term condition.”

Fin whales, according to the MERR Institute, are an offshore species that “don’t normally come near the coast unless they become so weak that they can no longer surface to breathe.”

The MERR Institute said the whale that washed up at the Indian River Inlet was dying.

“Our hope was to safely get close enough to sedate it and ease its suffering, but unfortunately the water levels and waves made it too treacherous for our responders to do so safely for the whale or for them,” he said. the MERR Institute. wrote in part on Facebook.