Pilot whale euthanized on Harding Beach (Massachusetts, USA)

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Dr. Michael Moore of IFAW and WHOI prepares to euthanize a pilot whale that stranded on Harding Beach in Chatham earlier today.Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy
Dr. Michael Moore of IFAW and WHOI prepares to euthanize a pilot whale that stranded on Harding Beach in Chatham earlier today. Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy

January 27th, 2014. CHATHAM – A pilot whale found stranded around noon today on Harding Beach was murdered later in the evening after members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare were unable to get the whale into deep water.

IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team responded to the scene around 2 p.m.

The approximately 3,000 pound whale was in overall good condition, said Kerry Branon, an IFAW spokeswoman.

The team planned to satellite tag and then release the whale, but they were unable to get the whale back into deep water, Branon said.

After a consultation with an on-site veterinarian, the team realized the whale could not be saved, she said.

“They did everything they could to minimize its suffering, and…

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