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GALVESTON, Texas -- A 12-foot pygmy sperm whale that had to be euthanized after turning up on a Texas beach had a bacterial infection and an abscess.

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network on Friday released preliminary necropsy results on the whale discovered on a Galveston beach.

The sick animal was found Wednesday on Jamaica Beach and transported to the rescue group s nearby rehabilitation center.

The necropsy also indicated the more than 1,000 pound whale suffered from heart failure.

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