GALVESTON, TX — A whale is stranded on a beach in Galveston along FM 3005 near the Terramar subdivision.
The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a rescue organization, confirmed the animal’s location and said they are assessing the animal’s situation.
Heidi Whitehead, of the organization, says the whale is likely very ill being this close to shore and its health is declining fast. It appears to be stranded on a sandbar or between sandbars.
There’s no word on the gender of the animal or the species, but it appears to be 30 to 40 feet long. The whale is about 50 yards from the shore. There are no obvious problems with the animal’s body.
Whitehead told Eyewitness News that they are waiting to help the animal at this time because it is too far out to help right now and human safety is the main concern. They are waiting for the tide to move the animal closer.
Whitehead said they will likely be euthanizing the whale.