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Stranded whale dies on Malaysia Borneo beach

Published on Aug 3, 2012 11:51 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A stranded whale estimated to be about 16m long has died on a beach on Malaysia's Borneo island, apparently resisting efforts to return it to the sea, an official said on Friday.

The whale was spotted on Thursday on a beach in Sabah state in eastern Malaysia but died the same day, said Julin Bagang, a local fisheries department official.

He said his team had tried to tow the whale back into the sea using two boats several times. Firefighters also sprinkled the whale with sea water.

"We tried to pull him into the sea... but he didn't want to go into the sea," Mr Bagang told AFP, adding that each time rescuers towed the animal into the water, it would swim back to the beach.

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