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2 sperm whales die within week in Florida Keys

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Two sperm whales have died within a week of each other in the Florida Keys, but officials didn’t immediately see a connection between the deaths.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say a calf died after beaching itself on Key Largo last Wednesday.

A beached sperm whale Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in the Florida Keys.
(Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)

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Then an adult male, nearly 50 feet long, was found beached Tuesday night about 15 miles northeast of Key West.

The remains were towed to a nearby marina early Wednesday morning.

Officials say a necropsy on the calf determined that it likely died from being separated from its mother.

Officials were studying the adult corpse Wednesday, noting that the animal appeared to be emaciated.

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