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Stranded sperm whale spotted near Montrose, public urged to keep their distance

FILE - 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)
FILE -{ }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)

Monday 11/23/20 update and Frequently Asked Questions


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Marine Mammal Research Program provided an update Sunday on the sperm whale stranded in Mobile Bay.

DISL said the stranded sperm whale was seen near Montrose Sunday. The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network, including the network veterinarian and biologists, are tending to the animal and monitoring its condition.

Unfortunately, the prognosis is still poor due to the whale's size of approximately 35 feet.

DISL is urging the public to keep their distance.

"With this large of an animal, it is a dangerous situation. Local and state law enforcement are on the scene to help the public maintain the proper distance," DISL said.

The public is also asked not to fly drones in the area, because they can also create stress for the whale.

The whale was first spotted Thursday, November 19. The team lost sight of the animal on Friday evening. Since the initial stranding, the whale has moved into deeper water and re-stranded twice. Because of concerns for the animal's health, water conditions, and concerns for human safety, DISL said the stranding team will monitor the whale from vessels.

The ALMMSN wants to thank the public for reaching out when the animal was spotted in the area. Please report sick, dead, injured, or out of habitat marine mammals in Alabama to the Stranding Network hotline at 1-877-WHALE-HELP (942-5343).