October 31, 2013
Live Sperm Whale Johns Pass Florida
Video of Live Sperm Whale JPO KCR voice
Today is without doubt a day of mourning. Johns Pass has seen the passing of a sperm whale. Authorities have been authoritative. They have exercised authority. The facts as currently known are that a sperm whale beached itself about 900 meters North of the deep water of Johns Pass. The sperm whale seemed undernourished. (feed a fever starve a cold?) The whale has been euthanasied approximately 8 hours into its Johns Pass visit. The brain of a sperm whale is roughly 8 times the size of a humans. Euthanising large brained guest, I am thinking, is not a recommended tourism practice. Presumably the whale had a “no heroic measures” waiver or “living will” on file or some such. Speaking strickly from editorial self interest I would think that our local tourism would benefit more from heroic “save the whale resuce effort” than “Offing large brained mammal rapidly”. Leaving the editorial comments behind we are pleased to provide below the breaking news article from JPOCurrents cub reporter Kate Roberts and the full content of her video interview.
Hello, and today I come with a report about a beached sperm whale. According to Erin Fageres, the NOAA person in charge of Endangered Mamals in the Gulf of Mexico, the whale was
“too thin and unable to recover due to suffocation out of water.”
The whale was euthanated at approximately 3pm. When I came back with the camera crew for an interview, I found a whispering crowd. I asked a woman what was going on. They had already killed it. By the time my soft heart was back in the car, I was sobbing my eyes out. If you too think whales should be given chances to recover, write a letter to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan “firstname.lastname@example.org”
For coverage in spanish see Kates Work at
KCR JPO Currents Interview Erin noaa
Full Video interview download- www.JohnsPass.org/Identify/SpermWhale/KCRJPOcurrentsInterviewErinFnoaa-154914-31102013.ogg
Editorial follow up: A necroscopy is being performed today. We know how it died (Sherriff) I suppose now we will find out what was wrong and if it could have been saved….
Certainly the animal could have been moved towed or floated at high tide out to deeper water. Perhaps, (probably) lacking medical facilities the animal would have died. Just for the record If I end up emaciated and stuck on Madiera Beach (distinct possibility) I would prefer a chance to rehab. Consider this legal notice.