MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A whale was found dead in the waters of Everglades National Park.READ MORE: Suspect Wanted For Armed Home Invasion In Critical Condition Following Police-Involved Shooting In SW Miami-Dade
Park officials said in social media posts that the Bryde’s whale carcass was recovered Wednesday.
The young adult male was 38 feet long and weighed nearly 30 tons. Federal Marine Mammal Stranding Network experts performed a necropsy, but it wasn’t clear what caused the whale’s death.READ MORE: South Florida Prepping For Approval Of COVID Vaccine For Kids 5 To 11
Bryde’s whales are the only year-round resident baleen whale in the Gulf of Mexico. They are named for Norwegian whaler Johan Bryde, who helped build the first whaling stations in South Africa in the early 1900s.
Meanwhile, the Naples Daily News reports eight dolphins were found dead on Florida’s southwest coast during the government shutdown, when the federal scientists who would have responded were furloughed.MORE NEWS: Centner Academy Reverses Course On 30-Day Quarantine For Vaccinated Students
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