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Whale stranded on beach in Galveston has died

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GALVESTON, Texas – A whale that was stranded on a beach in Galveston has died.

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a rescue organization, told KTRK that the whale was likely very ill, adding that its health was declining since it was so close to shore.

It appeared to be stranded on a sandbar or in between sandbars.

The whale is about 50 yards from the shore and appears to be 30 to 40 feet long.

Authorities say they plan to pull the whale to shore using a rope and keep the animal on the beach overnight.