Stranded whale euthanized in Waldport

Scientists say the tide was too low to rescue the stranded humpback.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 12:26 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2019 7:55 PM

WALDPORT, Ore. -- A stranded humpback whale has been euthanized, officials say, as water levels were too low to free the animal.

Officials say they are bringing in crews to help bury the baby whale.

The decision to euthanize the whale was announced at a beach press conference in Waldport Thursday morning.

The next high tide was scheduled for around 2:15 p.m. today, but was expected to be a lower high tide than in the morning.

In previous high tides, the whale made it out to breakers but ended up back on the beach.

Experts say it is not uncommon for baby whales to die.

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