Police and firefighters immediately began carefully spraying it with water to keep it alive until experts could take over.
But Mendy Garron, a regional specialist for the federal NOAA Fisheries service, told AFP the sea mammal was "really emaciated, not a good body condition at all." It was "not moving a lot," she added, saying that this assessment meant the whale was unlikely to get back to sea. Garron said rescue efforts were hampered by the incoming tide.
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