Rare whale washes up on Fla. beach

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 3:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 3:39 p.m.

PALM COAST, Fla. - Scientists hope a carcass that washed up on Florida beach will yield new clues about an endangered whale species.

A 25-foot fin whale washed onto the sands near The Club of Hammock Beach, about 30 miles north of Daytona Beach, on Friday morning. Volunteers and scientists worked to quickly secure the body so that a necropsy could be performed and certain parts could be harvested for research.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration estimates there are only about 2,400 fin whales in the western North Atlantic. Researchers say only three have become stranded in Florida since 1990.

Scientists say this whale may have been a calf.

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