Miami, Jan 11. A 21-foot (6.4-meter) long orca washed up on an eastern Florida beach Wednesday and died stranded on the sand, authorities said.
The Flager County Sheriff’s Office published a series of photographs of the orca and several onlookers around it on the networks along with a warning to the population not to approach the place.
The removal of the body of the cetacean and the autopsy to determine the causes of death will be carried out by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and specialists from SeaWorld Orlando (Florida), a theme park that has a rehabilitation program and shelter of marine animals.
The orca was stranded on the beach of Jungle Hut Park, in the town of Palm Coast, about 461 kilometers north of Miami.
Generally, killer whales (Orcinus orca), the largest animal in the dolphin family, have their habitat in cold climates and near coastal areas, but they migrate at certain times of the year. EFE