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CITY & STATE : Ill whale in Malibu is euthanized

Jan 19, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

A 12-foot pygmy sperm whale that washed ashore at Zuma Beach in Malibu early Friday was euthanized by wildlife officials after they determined the animal was severely ill.

The 900-pound whale was first spotted at about midnight in the water but showed up in the breaking waves about 7:30 a.m. Beachgoers, and officials from the California Wildlife Center waded into the chilly ocean to try to send the animal back out to sea but were unsuccessful. Their efforts were impeded by 4- to 6-foot swe...