Lifestyle Pets Young Sperm Whale Dies After Beaching on Maryland Shore, Despite Help from Rescuers and Locals Sperm whales are listed as a vulnerable species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and typically become stranded after they are injured or have contracted an illness By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 16, 2019 02:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A juvenile sperm whale died on Sunday afternoon — hours after it was found alive, stuck in the shallow waves of a beach in Ocean City, Maryland. The 15-foot-long marine mammal was first discovered by local residents, CBS Baltimore reported, around 6:45 a.m. near High Point North and 114th Street. The locals quickly contacted authorities, who brought in the Marine Animal Rescue team from the National Aquarium in Baltimore to help. Though the whale was still alive just before 11 a.m., when veterinarians arrived on the scene, the animal was pronounced dead just before 1:30 p.m. 5 Whales Die After Stranding Themselves on Hawaii Beach with 5 Other Whales Hundreds of onlookers gathered at the scene, documenting rescue attempts on their social media accounts and attempting to push the whale back into the water (though experts say if you see an animal in distress, giving it space and contacting a trained wildlife first responder is the best thing to do). Morgan Pilz/ Ocean City Today Later, the Ocean City Police Department, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), removed the deceased whale from the beach. According to a statement from the National Aquarium obtained by the Associated Press, the DNR will preform an animal autopsy (or a necropsy) to learn more about why the animal ended up stranded on the beach. Incredible Photo Captures Humpback Whale Almost Swallowing Up Sea Lion Experts said the animal appeared to be “extremely underweight,” CNN reported. Sperm whales are listed as a vulnerable species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The whales spend most of their time swimming in deep ocean waters, and typically become stranded after they are injured or have contracted an illness.