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Killer Whale Dies After Becoming Stranded On Beach

A large male Killer Whale has died despite continued rescue attempts on a Tasmanian Beach.

The killer whale first became stranded on Saturday on Badger Beach.

A large rescue operation including the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) and volunteers was put into place to get the animal back into deeper water.

The rescue attempts were centred around pushing the animal down a channel towards the sea but their efforts were to no avail.

The massive rescue effort couldn't save the stricken animal. (Image Supplied: DPIPWE)

"This individual weighed several tonnes and the team had to grapple with very difficult conditions," said Doctor Rachael Alderman, the manager of the DPIPWE Wildlife Management Branch.

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It's not yet known why the Orca washed up on the beach with Dr Alderman confirming that investigations will continue into the animal's beaching.

"The reason whales and dolphins strand are varied and often cannot be determined, however accidental stranding in shallow waters such as these while pursuing prey is a possibility or perhaps some underlying health issue."

Feature Image Supplied: DPIPW

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