"The actions of its body would indicate it's in really tough shape,"
Charles Bowman, president of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, told the Associated Press. "It's not a candidate to save. It's a very young animal. It couldn't survive on its own even if it was healthy. It's supposed to be with its mother."
To end its suffering, researchers are considering whether or not the whale could be safely sedated and euthanized. They are concerned about public safety, however.
"You can't put people in danger," Bowman said, mentioning that spasms and thrashes could hurt researchers or beach-goers.
Bystanders, however, are upset that more isn't being done to help the whale.
"I think there's a lot they can do that they're not doing right now,"
Alexa Wolf of East Hampton told a CBS affiliate there.
"I'm sad, I wish there was more they could do for it," added Melisa Eame, also of East Hampton.
Depending on the available staff, the condition of the whale, and other factors, beached whales can sometimes be rescued. The effort is almost always arduous and difficult however, as evidenced by the faces of a rescue team who successfully saved a beached whale in Los Angeles.