after it was first spotted in shallow water nearby.
Julin said the whale's final breath was "long, deep and sad" as even the firefighters, wildlife officials and individuals who came to help, fell silent. When word began spreading about the whale being stranded, many made their way there for a glimpse from afar while a few used boats to get close.
Earlier, the Fisheries Department tried guiding it to deeper water but the whale resurfaced and swam towards shore where the water was shallow. In a desperate bid to pull it away, they tried towing it out to sea but failed. By around noon, it was stranded, half submerged on the shore. As the low tide set in from 2pm, the public could walk straight to the whale, which had a black body and white belly, as it laid there until it died.