Rescue teams help whale calf on Florida beach

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL (WBBH) — A beached whale washed ashore on a small island in southwest Florida.

The young sperm whale was found on the Gasparilla Island by beachgoers early Tuesday. Officials say they believe the calf was separated from its mother.

Video shows rescue teams and biologist working for hours to save the baby whale — who was in pretty bad shape.

Unfortunately the calf had to be put down. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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