Federal authorities are searching for an unidentified swimmer who was videotaped riding a sperm whale off the Florida coast hours before the animal was found dead. Witnesses along Pompano Beach said the animal appeared to be on its last legs and drifting toward the shore when a swimmer began climbing onto the creature’s back. Though the whale’s exact cause of death is still unknown, it is a federal offense to badger a marine mammal. “This type of harassment could have caused more harm and added stress to an already stressed whale and ultimately caused its demise,” said NOAA regional stranding coordinator Blair Mase.
Via NBC Miami