Seacoast Science Center calls on public to watch for whales

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The Seacoast Science Center said it found an adult pygmy sperm whale stranded in Salisbury Beach State Reserve on Monday afternoon. The science center asks people to search for a whale along the coast to ensure its safety. The center said pygmy sperm whales are a deep-water species, so there was likely an underlying condition that caused them to approach shore. The cold temperatures and the force of the whale’s splashing tail made it unsafe for responders to stay in the water next to the animal, the science center said. The whale was able to refloat at high tide and appeared to be trying to swim to deeper water. There was no sign of the whale after a search Tuesday morning. The science center asks anyone who sees a whale in the area to stay more than 200 feet from the animal and call their 24-hour hotline at 603-997-9448.

The Seacoast Science Center said it found an adult pygmy sperm whale stranded in Salisbury Beach State Reserve on Monday afternoon.

The science center asks people to be on the lookout for a whale along the coast to keep it safe.

The center said pygmy sperm whales are a deep-water species, so there was likely an underlying condition that brought them closer to shore.

The cold temperatures and the force of the whale’s splashing tail made it unsafe for responders to stay in the water next to the animal, the science center said.

The whale was able to refloat at high tide and appeared to be trying to swim to deeper water.

There was no sign of the whale after a search Tuesday morning.

The Science Center is asking anyone who sees a whale in the area to stay more than 200 feet from the animal and call its 24-hour hotline at 603-997-9448.

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