Whale Calf Beaches Itself Outside Sandy Bottoms Bar and Grill in Fernandina!

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Police have confirmed a whale was stranded just north of the Sandy Bottoms Bar and Grill on Wednesday evening.

At least two officers were at the scene for several hours Wednesday night, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife officers, and more than a dozen concerned citizens.

Onlookers said they first noticed the whale in distress offshore at about 7 p.m. Witnesses said it appeared to jump in the shallow water off the beach.

Eventually, they said the whale ended up washing up on shore, and Fernandina Beach Police and FWC officials were called.

Many frantically threw water on the 12-foot-long whale, which appeared to be a calf. Rescuers said the animal appeared to be weak.

Around 10 p.m., FWC officials managed to slip the whale into a sling, and onto a stretcher, where it was then lifted by several people onto the bed of a pick-up truck.

Witnesses said the whale was so large that about 4 feet of its body hung out of the pick up truck.

Officials said the whale was driven to a local research facility and it will be checked by a veterinarian.

The extent of its injuries is unknown.

Hunh. The whale beached itself over on my beach right outside Sandy Bottoms where the daughter and I used to go to cool off on a hot summer’s night and listen to the live music.


5 Responses so far »

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    Stranded No More said,

    Does anybody know where this whale was taken to? What facility?

  2. 2

    swampie said,

    I certainly do not, and it is puzzling me. Did they take it somewhere to be euthanized? I can’t even imagine taking it to Marineland in St. Augustine in the bed of a truck with 4 feet of tail hanging out! The only research facilities I know of are in south Florida.

  3. 3

    R.G. said,

    We put it in the truck just to get it in a large u hale like truck which could not get on the beach. Then thay were going to bring him to the zoo were thay would meet with a tanker

  4. 4

    R.G. said,

    it died in route to gainesville

  5. 5

    swampie said,

    (grin) Yeah, somehow I just couldn’t imagine somebody goin’ down the freeway with a whale in the bed of the truck. (Thinking back on husband and son…..okay, maybe I could!)

    I’m real sorry to hear that it died en route, though. Thanks for the update.

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