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Pygmy sperm whales can grow to be about three metres long. (American Cetacean Society)

The body of a rare whale found stranded on the South Shore of Nova Scotia last week is being examined at Charlottetown's Atlantic Veterinary College.

Officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and members of the public tried to guide the pygmy sperm whale back to open waters after it was found beached at Shelburne Harbour.

But the small whale repeatedly re-beached itself and died several hours after rescue attempts started.

The Marine Animal Response Society took the body to the vet college for the necropsy.

Pygmy whales typically grow to a length of about three metres. They can be found all around the world, but the Nova Scotia coast is considered to be at the far north of their range.

Corrections

  • The pygmy sperm whale is not considered a threatened species in Canada, as this story previously stated.
    Jul 05, 2011 12:36 PM AT