Killer whale stranded on Kauai beach

POIPU, Kauai (KHNL) - A whale is stranded in the shallow waters off Brennecke's Beach on Kauai's south shore.

The helpless animal, identified as a killer whale, struggled in the water late Tuesday night until crews arrived Wednesday morning.

The whale was only a few years old and was a female.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials euthanized the orca.

Viewers sent in pictures of the animal before it was taken away.

NOAA arrived at Brenncke's Beach around 6:00 a.m. and determined the whale would not survive.

They say it was malnourished and was suffering from disease.

It was taken to a private area where it was euthanized.

NOAA will now conduct a necropsy on the animal and will bury it.

Brennecke's Beach was closed for the entire day.