Posted by: The ocean update | December 22, 2015

Whale stranded on Galveston beach dies (Texas, USA)

A whale kicks its tail after it got stranded in the shallow water near West Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Galveston. Photo : J. Patric Schneider

A whale kicks its tail after it got stranded in the shallow water near West Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Galveston. Photo : J. Patric Schneider

December 22nd, 2015 (Y. C. Orozco, Kirk Sides). GALVESTON – A whale discovered stranded on a Galveston beach Tuesday morning has died.

Rescuers with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network spent hours evaluating and monitoring the 30- to 40-foot whale as it appeared to be stranded on a beach along FM 3005 near the Terramar subdivision in Galveston, about 50 yards from shore.

“We first got a report from our stranding network hotline about a stranded whale estimated to be about 30-40 feet at length,” according to Heidi Whitehead of The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a non-profit rescue organization.

Rescuers spent about five hours Tuesday morning making preparations to get the whale on shore before the mammal passed away just after noon. Preparations were being made Tuesday afternoon to tow the whale to shore and perform an autopsy, Whitehead said.

“We haven’t been able to get close enough to get confirmed species ID so without that, we’re not able to give a definitive age or anything like that,” she said.

It has not been determined what exactly happened to the whale, how or if it was injured or if it was ill, but according to Whitehead, its appearance near the shore suggests it was suffering.

Ed Sibylline : they were too far away to determine the specie but they were able to give its clinical state ???

@Stranded No More. Stranding "response" Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network style. When the picture speaks louder than words.

@Stranded No More. Stranding “response” Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network style. When the picture speaks louder than words.

At the other side of the Earth : 20-ton whale rescued in southern Vietnam (link)

Update December 29th, 2015 (source) : after seven hours of necropsy, the “experts” determined it was a male !

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