Pygmy sperm whale washes ashore in Malibu, beachgoers try to help

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 14:12:47-05

MALIBU (CNS) - A 12-foot pygmy sperm whale washed ashore at Zuma Beach in Malibu Friday and was being treated in a rescue vehicle, authorities said.

The whale was spotted at the shoreline about 7:45 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Beachgoers attempted to push the whale into the ocean, but were unsuccessful, and it was eventually carried to a nearby rescue vehicle for treatment.

The condition of the whale was not known, and it was not certain that it would survive, county lifeguard Capt. Remy Smith said.