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'Prognosis is poor' for stranded Sperm Whale in Mobile Bay

Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network and DISL Marine Mammal Research Program s staff monitor a stranded sperm whale in Mobile Bay. (Photo Credit: DISL/ALMMSN)
Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network and DISL Marine Mammal Research Program s staff monitor a stranded sperm whale in Mobile Bay. (Photo Credit: DISL/ALMMSN)

Wed 11/25 update:

The whale was euthanized Wednesday morning.


Tues 11/24/20 update:


The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network and collaborators continue to search for the sperm whale that stranded in Mobile Bay, including aerial support from ALEA.

If anyone sees the animal, please immediately call 1-877-Whale-Help (942-5343).

For your safety and that of the whale, please do not approach or touch the animal.

Sperm whales are endangered species and any interaction with the animal is considered harassment. Please remain at least 500 yards from the animal.

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Monday 11/23/20 update and Frequently Asked Questions

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Marine Mammal Research Program personnel responded to a live-stranded, approximately 35-foot sperm whale in Mobile Bay on Thursday, November 19.

DISL said this is the first documented stranded sperm whale in the state of Alabama. The team worked with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).

On average, DISL said two sperm whales strand in the Gulf of Mexico each year, most often in the late summer and fall.

The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network, including the network veterinarian and biologists, continued to monitor the whale's condition Friday, November 20. DISL said the "prognosis is poor" due to its size and location of the stranding.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab asks boaters to use caution on the water in Mobile Bay this weekend and asks members of the public to report sick, dead, injured, or out of habitat marine mammals in Alabama to the Stranding Network hotline at 1-877-WHALE-HELP (942-5343).