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A big whale got stuck on the shore near Venice, Florida, according to officials

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Authorities report that wildlife teams are attempting to help a stranded sperm whale near Venice, Florida, but the chances of success are diminishing.

The whale is stuck on a sandbar approximately 50 yards away from Service Club Park, as mentioned in a Sunday morning Facebook post by Venice police.

The police, along with members of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, are aiding wildlife crews in their efforts to assist the whale.

In an update later in the day, police mentioned that crews tried to give the distressed animal a sedative but faced challenges due to unsafe water conditions preventing them from reaching it.

The team intends to evaluate the situation during low tide around 7 p.m. Unfortunately, it seems likely that recovering the whale will be the outcome as it has been stranded since Saturday morning, according to the police.

Kaitlyn Fusco, a spokesperson from Mote Marine Laboratory, informed CNN that the laboratory’s stranding investigations program is responding to the incident. She estimated the whale’s length to be over 50 feet.

As per the state’s website, sperm whales are the largest toothed whale species, with females growing up to 36 feet long and males up to 52 feet. Despite being found in all major oceans, they faced a decline in population due to human harvesting until whaling ceased in 1988. Sperm whales are now safeguarded as an endangered species, the website notes.

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