Amami, Kagoshima Pref. – A roughly 3.5-meter-long whale that washed up on the shore of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan died Saturday despite rescue efforts by residents.
Around 10 people, including members of a local whale and dolphin association and a volunteer firefighting organization, attempted to save the whale beached in Tatsugo near the island’s northern tip. However, rough seas thwarted their efforts, and the whale died a few hours later.
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