Team members from Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Marine Mammal Research Program are attending to the scene. The depth in the bay is only about 10 feet, putting the whale in a difficult situation. The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network is also attending. Their network includes a team of biologists and veterinarians that are monitoring the whale’s condition.
“Unfortunately, the prognosis is poor for a large whale such as this,” the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network said in a statement. “The public is urged to keep their distance. With this large of an animal, it is a dangerous situation. Local and state law enforcement are on the scene to help the public maintain the proper distance.”
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The whale was first spotted by a fisherman, James West. West was boating when he spotted something in the distance, “We noticed a couple humps in the water and a lot of birds,” he told WKRG. He then called Fish & Wildlife officials, “They said that it had lost a lot of weight and was discolored and we noticed yesterday that it was moving very lethargically. It just seemed like it was in trouble. It was a shame to see such a magnificent creature in such distress.”
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