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VIDEO: People help small beached whale in Malibu, CA

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-19 11:51:07-05

MALIBU, Calif. — A group of people helped rescue a small beached whale in California on Friday morning.

The incident happened at Zuma Beach in Malibu.

Video from the scene showed the whale on the sand, surrounded by people and a videographer, while lifeguards pulled a truck up to the water. They were eventually able to carry the whale to a vehicle for treatment.

Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division tweeted that the whale was a pygmy sperm whale and that they were monitoring its progress.

However, the whale passed away, according to an Instagram post by the California Wildfire Center.

"California Wildlife Center’s veterinarian, Dr. Stephany Lewis consulted with veterinarians at Sea World, San Diego and officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who recommended euthanasia. This species of whale does not do well in long-term rehabilitation or captivity and was not likely to survive transport to San Diego for treatment.," the post reads.

"According to Dr. Lewis, 'these animals don’t strand without reason. The strand because they have some severe systemic illness which we can’t typically appreciate during the initial physical exam,'" the post continues. "Dr. Lewis humanely euthanized the whale with intravenous anesthetic drugs for a painless passing."

You can read the whole post on California Wildlife Center's Instagram page.

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Zuma Beach, Malibu, CA) – On 7:30am, January 18, 2019, California Wildlife Center’s marine mammal department received a call that a pygmy sperm whale had stranded at Zuma Beach in Malibu. Michael Remski, the Marine Mammal Program Manager and a team of volunteers attempted to return the whale to the ocean, but she made her way back to shore and restranded. The whale was an adult female and the initial physical exam revealed that she was in good body condition, indicating that she stranded as a result of an internal issue. The whale had bilateral conjunctivitis or eye infections in both eyes, which caused her blindness. She had abrasions on her body and a chronic wound on the right side just cranial to her fluke. She also had bloody discharge. California Wildlife Center’s veterinarian, Dr. Stephany Lewis consulted with veterinarians at Sea World, San Diego and officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who recommended euthanasia. This species of whale does not do well in long-term rehabilitation or captivity and was not likely to survive transport to San Diego for treatment. According to Dr. Lewis, “these animals don’t strand without reason. The strand because they have some severe systemic illness which we can’t typically appreciate during the initial physical exam.” Dr. Lewis humanely euthanized the whale with intravenous anesthetic drugs for a painless passing. The whale will be transported to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for further study. . . . . . . . . #wildlife #nativeanimals #animalrehabilitation #wildlifeplanet #animal #animalkingdom #rescue #california #animalsofinstagram #losangeles #rehabilitation #wildanimals #instagood #instadaily #picoftheday #instaanimal @oceana @natgeo #losangeles #marinemammals #pygmyspermwhale #malibu

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Local media reports the whale was spotted about an hour before it was rescued.

Watch the video in the player below.