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Humpback whale beached twice on sand bar in Brazil has little chance of surviving

August 24: A man watches a beached whale at the Capao da Canoa beach in the Brazilian southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. (AP)

August 24: A man watches a beached whale at the Capao da Canoa beach in the Brazilian southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. (AP)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Marine biologists say a humpback whale has beached itself for the second time in two days on a sandbar in southern Brazil.

Mauricio Tavares of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul says the 11 meter-long (36-foot-long) whale returned on Wednesday to the same sand bar that rescuers had towed it away from a day earlier.

He says the whale is breathing with difficulty, indicating it is sick and unable to continue it northbound journey.

He says the 25-ton whale's chances for survival are minimal.