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Stranded whale euthanized in Waldport

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Stranded whale euthanized in Waldport
Scientists say the tide was too low to rescue the stranded humpback.
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Stranded whale euthanized in Waldport

The 50s.

After two days of being stranded on a waldport beach... a baby whale was euthanized today -- a decision that biologists called difficult.

Kezi 9 news reporter emma jerome shows us why they said they didn't have any other choice.

"we spent the whole afternoon pouring bucks on it..

Trying to keep it moist and as comfortable as possible."

The beach went silent as officials put down the baby whale that stranded itself on the shore in waldport early wednesday morning.

Stephanie pennington: " i mean it is really sad.

It has been an amazing experince to experience this whole thing... i've never seen a whale that close.

But it's also really sad because we were cheering for it and were like 'yes it's going to make it' because its so young... emma jerome: "behind me you can see the baby unfortunately after its been put down.

Officials say it was a long and difficult decision but ultimately it was the humane thing to do" sally compton: "we pretty much determined that because the tide wouldn't be as high and it had been stranded here for so long there could be irreparable damage to the internal organs from sitting here on the beach... we decided it would be best for the welfare of the animal to euthanize it at this point."

Crews from the oregon coast aquarium, the marine mammal institution, and others responded to do all they could to return the baby to the ocean.

Officials also say that it is not uncommon for baby whales to pass away before even turning one year they say this is natural and the more comfortable the public can get with seeing things like this... the better.

Reporting in waldport... emma



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