POSTED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 11:12am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 11:15am
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A 12-foot sperm whale has been found
beached on the Texas coast and rescuers worked to keep it alive.
Galveston police received a call around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday
about a whale on the west side of the island, in an area known for
resorts, condominiums and beach houses.
Heidi Whitehead with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
says she and other rescuers were hauling the whale to the group's
rehab facility in Galveston. She described the whale as a calf,
about 12 feet long.
Police dispatcher Billy Sanders told The Associated Press that
it's extremely unusual to get a report of a "beached live whale."
Sanders says it's common for dolphins to wash up on shore.
Further details on the whale were not immediately available.
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