Small whale euthanized after getting beached

U.S. & World

It was a sad day for wildlife lovers in southern California Friday when veterinarians had to euthanize a beached whale.

A group of beach-goers teamed up with lifeguards and animal experts to try and rescue the 800-pound pygmy sperm whale.

They tried to push it back into the ocean, but it was too weak to swim.

So they carried the whale to a truck and took it to a lifeguard stand for treatment.

It was determined while the marine mammal was in good condition, it had some injuries and infections in both eyes that blinded it.

Experts at sea world notified the team the prognosis was not good, so veterinarians decided it was better to humanely euthanize the stranded whale.

It’s not known what sickened the animal or how it ended up in Malibu.

Pygmy sperm whales are not common in the area.

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