By Beth David, Editor
A 17-foot juvenile minke whale washed up on shore at the southernmost tip of Hoppy’s Landing on Tuesday, 9/24/19. Fairhaven Harbormaster Tim Cox, Animal Control Officer Terry Cripps, and other officials arrived on scene in the morning and worked to keep the whale alive. Officials from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) arrived on scene and assisted.
IFAW personnel determined that the whale needed to be euthanized “due to suspected illness and stress,” according to a press release from the Fairhaven Harbormaster’s office.
Olivia Guerra, an IFAW spokesperson said on scene that: “There is an unusual mortality rate for these minke Whales.”
The whale, which is believed to be about one year old, was removed from the water with assistance from West Island Marina personnel and equipment. The whale will be autopsied to determine the nature of the stranding.
“I would like to thank everybody that came out today to help and try to save the whale,” wrote Mr. Cox on Facebook. “My deputies, Fairhaven Animal Control, Fairhaven Fire, Fairhaven Police, Fairhaven TV, IFAW, and West Island Marina.”
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