Saipan – The CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife [DFW] euthanized a young whale that beached itself on the shore of Micro Beach in Garapan Tuesday morning.
DFW called in private veterinarian Dr. Ed Tudor to put the the 13 1/2-foot, 600-650-lb. whale to sleep.
The Saipan Tribune reports that the decision to end the whale’s life was made because DFW determined that the marine mammal was not going to get any better.
[Photo courtesy Saipan Tribune: Clarissa V. David]
It was then towed to Smiling Cove Marina where the dead whale was put on a trailer and brought to a holding facility where DFW said it will be kept cold and probably frozen.
DFW said two or three members of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network from Hawaii are expected to arrive today to do a necropsy—an autopsy performed on an animal.
It is the second day in a row that a beached whale has been found. On Monday, a dead whale was found on the back reef outside the Oleai Beach Bar & Grill. DFW does not think the 2 incidents are related.