A young sperm whale was found washed up on Little Florida Beach in Cameron Parish Wednesday.

According to KPLC a 23 foot long sperm whale was found by residents washed up on Little Florida Beach just west of Holly Beach. Within hours of the discovery marine biologists with state wildlife and fisheries were at the beach taking samples in hopes of finding out what happened to the young sperm whale.

Marine Biologist Mandy Tomlin told KPLC "These animals don't generally wash up. So, any dead animal is very important in learning more about these species.  This is not an animal that washes up very often so we're out here and we're working with an extensive sampling protocol that's been provided by NOAA so that we can obtain samples and hopefully figure out why this animal died and, if not, it can teach us some general information about the sperm whale itself." After sufficient samples were taken the whale was buried deep in the sand.

here has been no announcement of the researchers finding, but for more on this story and pictures of the sperm whale head to KPLC's website.