This has been getting a lot of attention from locals, since it's rare to see large whales in Texas. The Gulf of Mexico is home to a variety of cetacean species, but most of them hang out in deeper waters, mocking me, and thus are rarely seen. Beached whale in Galveston dies, necropsy planned | abc13.com The whale beached itself and officials were planning to euthanize it, but it died before they could do so. It is 40 feet long. None of the articles say what species it is, but it appears to be a rorqual of some kind. Any of you guys have a good idea on what it could be? A necropsy will be performed Wednesday morning. Funny thing, I was planning to go to Galveston today with a friend, but her coworker asked her to trade shifts, and of course the whale thing happens today. But we're going tomorrow, and we're gonna drive by this and see if we can get a look. It would be pretty sweet if we could see this necropsy. I've never seen a baleen whale in person before and even seeing a dead one would be pretty exciting for me. I don't expect to get close, of course, but it would be neat to see it from a distance.