Whale beached on Cape San Blas


A rare beaked whale washed up on Cape San Blas last week and had to be euthanized by Gulf World Marine Institute.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:42 AM.

There are some things that you don’t see every day.

Last Thursday a female beaked whale washed ashore on Cape San Blas around 7 a.m. ET near Billy Joe Rish State Park.

At first, the whale appeared to be a dolphin but was quickly identified by members of the area turtle patrol to be a beaked whale.

The whale was first spotted by a visitor who quickly called the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.

From there, the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and arrived at 9:30 a.m. ET to find a small crowd amassed around the animal.

According to turtle patrol volunteer Julia Cunningham, the whale had been seen circling the area over the prior several days, but was thought to be a dolphin.

The mammal was far out of its habitat, with beaked whales typically living in areas with more than 300 meters of water.

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