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HomeBreaking News21-foot killer whale dies after beaching itself on Florida coast

21-foot killer whale dies after beaching itself on Florida coast

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A giant 21-foot killer whale weighing an estimated 3-and-a-half tons has died after beaching itself.

The incident occurred early Wednesday morning at the south end of Jungle Hut beach in Flagler County, Florida — approximately 30 miles north of Daytona Beach — when a 7,000 pound female orca washed ashore, according to an announcement made by the Flagler County government on social media.

It is thought that the whale was alive when it beached itself but eventually lost its life when it couldn’t make it back into the sea.

Authorities said that SeaWorld will be performing a necropsy to establish the killer whale’s cause of death following the incident.

Dozens of people were needed to help remove the whale from the beach and authorities even had to close the road to the beach due to gathering crowds who came to watch the spectacle.

“We want to thank our Flagler County staff who came together in order to assist SeaWorld as they moved this 7,000lb whale off the shore and on the road to Orlando,” read a statement posted on the Flagler County government’s Facebook page. “Our Public Works Department swiftly brought multiple pieces of equipment to the beach to assist the workers with getting the whale off the shore.”

A giant 21-foot killer whale weighing an estimated 3-and-a-half tons has died after beaching itself in the early morning of Jan. 11, 2023 at the south end of Jungle Hut beach in Flagler County, Florida.

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A giant 21-foot killer whale weighing an estimated 3-and-a-half tons has died after beaching itself. Authorities said that SeaWorld will be performing a necropsy to establish the killer whale’s cause of death following the incident. “Our Public Works Department swiftly brought multiple pieces of equipment to the beach to assist the workers with getting the whale off the shore.”

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