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Whale stranded on Texas beach passes away

Rescuers unsuccessfully try to save stranded whale

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GALVESTON, Texas – A whale that was stranded on a Galveston beach Tuesday has passed away, according to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

The 30-to-40-foot-long mammal was stuck near FM 3005 close to the Terramar subdivision. Rescue crews said they are unsure how long the whale has been stranded but received a call about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Rescue workers tried to learn the animal's age and species and what caused it to become stuck.

Shortly after noon, Heidi Whitehead with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network said the whale stopped breathing and passed away.

Whitehead said the whale will be hauled onto the beach, where it will undergo a necropsy on Wednesday.