- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Marine experts have cut open a 44-foot whale to try to determine why the animal died in the surf off Galveston.

A necropsy was done Wednesday on the beach, but it wasn’t immediately known why the whale died. The whale, which was determined to be a male, was later buried near where it came ashore. The whale died Tuesday, several hours after it was seen struggling near shore.

Heidi Whitehead of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network says specimens taken during the necropsy were being sent to a laboratory for analysis.

The group believes the whale was a sei whale, an endangered species not typically found in the waters near the Gulf of Mexico. But the network is conducting a DNA analysis to confirm the identification.




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