Humpback whale stranded on Oregon beach to be euthanized after rescue efforts fail

A young humpback whale that beached itself on the Oregon coast will have to be euthanized after rescue efforts to get the whale back into the ocean failed, officials said Thursday.

The animal, a 22-foot-long juvenile, was first reported Wednesday morning, and the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, based at Oregon State University, responded with a team to try to care for the animal.

The weight of a whale can crush their internal organs if they spend too much time out of the water and the crews had hoped the cetacean would be able to return to the ocean more at

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