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.