Whale rescued from Jersey shore

BRIGANTINE, N.J. - November 12, 2009

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Rescuers from the Marine Stranding Center were called to the north end of Brigantine around 12:30 p.m. after a pygmy sperm whale was seen by the shore, in distress.

Those rescuers, along with officers from the Brigantine Police and employees from the public works department went into the water and lifted the animal out.

It took anywhere from 8-10 people to life the animal.

The whale was brought back to the stranding center and placed in a salt water pool.

The Stranding Center said the whale will need to be examined by a vet, and it appeared unhealthy.

They also say it's very rare for a whale such as this to come ashore unless it is sick or disoriented.

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