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21-foot killer whale found washed up on Florida beach

(FLAGLER BEACH, FLA) — A 21-foot orca was discovered washed up on the shore of a beach in Palm Coast, Florida on Wednesday.

Authorities found the whale dead on a beach located more than 60 miles south of Jacksonville, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

“Deputies are on scene south of Jungle Hut Park in Palm Coast after a 21-foot orca whale beached itself this morning,” the sheriff’s office said. “It has since lost its life.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and officials from the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute assisted in the removal of the orca’s corpse so a necropsy can be executed.

Arial footage captured massive crowds of beach-goers gathering around the unusual sight, showing the orca laying flat on the shore.

The sheriff’s department requests that all residents avoid the area.