Stranded Whales Rescued Off the Florida Keys Die

From Associated Press

Two stranded pygmy sperm whales separately rescued off the Florida Keys have died within two days of each other.

An 11-foot-long, 950-pound whale died Saturday, a day after it was found stranded near Islamorada and taken to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo.

Officials there said preliminary findings of a necropsy indicated heart failure was the cause of death.

On Thursday another pygmy sperm whale, nicknamed Kokomo, died after more than a month of treatment by conservancy officials and volunteers.

The 1,200-pound mammal was found stranded Jan. 22 off the Upper Keys and spent 12 days recovering in an Islamorada resort's heated saltwater pool before it was moved to a lagoon. A necropsy was pending.

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