A large creature made a rare, and ultimately sad, visit to Galveston Island Tuesday morning.

A 40-foot whale that beached itself in the surf off the West End died about five hours after it was reported to wildlife rescuers

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.



(2) comments

earl maura

I'm surprised considering there are all kinds of marine biologists running around on this island they can't identify this whales specie? Not claiming to be any kind of expert on this subject but I bet you this whale probably was injured when it came in contact with a ship or perhaps the Pleasure Pier?

Rusty Schroeder

Global Warming or a Mexican fishing boat would be my guess, now not being able to identify the species is kinda sad knowing we have Texas A&M Marine Sciences Division on the Island. But then again, state funded institution probably meeting with UTMB about gun control. I doubt a healthy whale would hit the Flagship Pier, but who knows, Whalenado Galveston. smh.

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