Fort De Soto, Fla. (970 WFLA) -- Scientists are back out on the beach conducting a necropsy on the 30-foot long sperm whale that became beached near John's Pass yesterday.
It was spotted Thursday morning by someone in the area who called Florida, Fish, and Wildlife (FWC) to come out and check on the animal.
Once a team from FWC arrived, they determined the whale was emaciated and likely wouldn't survive on its own and would need to be euthanized, according to FWC's Kevin Baxter.
Baxter said it's rare to see this kind of species in this shallow of water. They're normally found in deeper areas and only come close to shore when something is wrong.
Staff from NOAA, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and UF are conducting the necropsy. Baxter said it could take a while before lab results reveal what happened to the whale.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Baxter with FWC.