A pygmy sperm whale was found beached on the shore of Jamaica Beach has been rescued and taken to facility in Galveston.
A Galveston tourist and his daughter spotted the 12-foot whale near Jamaica Beach, according to the Galveston County Daily News.
They found the whale in the 19300 block of FM 3005 near the Silver Lake Beach Resort around 7:40 a.m.
Capt. Troy Beasley with the Jamaica Beach Fire Department says the visitor from out of town approached the water when he saw what he believed was a log at first. The visitor told firefighters he later believed what he saw was a dolphin. Rescuers with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network determined the animal found on the beach was a pygmy sperm whale.
The whale was still breathing and its eyes were open when they arrived. The whale is stressed and TMMSN workers are trying to calm it while they examine it. They saw no obvious injuries other than a few scratches.
TMMSN experts say rescued pygmy sperm whales are difficult to keep alive and rehabilitate.
Pygmy sperm whales, on average, grow to about 10 feet long. The maximum length for adults is 14 feet, and the maximum weight is 900 pounds.
Strandings are common among pygmy sperm whales, especially along the southeastern coast of the United States.
TMMSN workers originally thought it was a baby sperm whale, but changed their minds after examining it more closely.
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