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Dead whale found washed up on beach in Sarasota

Posted at 9:11 AM, Jun 23, 2017

Sarasota County deputies responded to beached whale on Point of Rocks Beach on Friday morning.

Deputies called officials with the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium to help assist them. The 12-foot whale washed ashore just after 3 a.m. on Friday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Sarasota County deputies are currently working to remove the dead sub-pilot whale from the beach. 

Biologists said the male whale was most likely sick. They are performing a necropsy on the animal to determine its cause of death.

"This one particular animal will help us learn more about the species as a whole," said biologist Rebeccah Hazelkorn.