MIRI: A 10m long whale, estimated to weigh about 1.5 tonnes, was found stranded on the beach at Kampung Siwak Bakam, some 30km south of the city.
Villagers and Fire and Rescue Department personnel are currently trying to push the huge creature back into the ocean.
Miri Fire chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the villagers alerted his office about the incident at 7.10am on Thursday.
"The whale is still alive. We have a team of personnel there now.
"Together with the villagers, they are trying to help the whale back into the South China Sea," he said.The seas off Miri are used by whales, sharks and dolphins during their annual migration from the northern hemisphere to the southern oceans off New Zealand and Australia.
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