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Baby whale dies after stranding at Phipps Ocean Park in Palm Beach

A baby whale that washed up in Palm Beach on Wednesday afternoon died the next day, authorities said.

The whale, which was about 5 feet long, landed at Phipps Ocean Park, Palm Beach Police spokesman Capt. William Rothrock said Thursday.

A city lifeguard alerted police around 1:30 p.m., and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and pulled the whale from the beach.

City officials were notified Thursday that the whale was dead, said Rob Weber, the city’s coastal program manager.

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FWC officials were expecting more details on Friday about the whale’s age and size, as well as its type.

The last time a beached whale was found on a city beach was in February 2020.

A newborn sperm whale washed up on a private access beach near Via La Selva, about a mile north of Mar-a-Lago. He died shortly after being discovered.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Harbor Branch respond to a stranded sperm whale near Via La Selva in February 2020.

Previously, a male kogia whale weighing around 400 pounds washed ashore near the northern tip of the city in June 2017.

The adult whale, which was about 7 feet long, did not survive.

The FWC recommends that if people see a beached whale, they should call the agency and not attempt to release the whale. The animal may be too weak to swim and would be stranded again, the agency said.

Jodie Wagner is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network of Florida. You can reach her at [email protected] Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.