Fin whale found on the beach in Pass Christian

Marine officials are investigating after a fin whale washed up near the beach in Pass Christian Saturday.

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies received a call that a whale had washed ashore. The fire department, police, and NOAA were called in for reinforcements to move the 100,000-pound animal.

After much trial and error, the dead whale was retrieved from the water using a tractor and manpower.

Following a necropsy, it was determined to be a fin whale, the second largest type of whale in the world.

These whales do not come to the shore except when sick. IMMS Director Moby Solangi said, “These are, of course, endangered species. They’re deep-water animals. They don’t come to shallow water. So, it must have been sick and it travelled this direction and landed in this shallow water. Usually when an animal gets sick, they want to strand because they don’t want to drown and they come to shallow water so they can rest. So, in this particular case it was probably too sick and died during that process.”

Since 2002, this is the third fin whale to be beached along the Gulf of Mexico and the first in Mississippi.

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