Thursday, 16 August 2012

Beached 65ft-Long Whale Dies In Cornwall

A 65ft-long whale has died after being washed up on a Cornish beach on Monday evening.
Hundreds of holidaymakers flocked to the scene at Carlyon Bay in St Austell, which was cordoned off to prevent more distress to the female fin whale.

Vets from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were unable to save the mammal, which had suffered injuries to its head and was severely undernourished.

The group scotched earlier reports that its vets had euthanised the endangered animal.

"Locals reported that it had already stranded earlier, so the prognosis was not good and the decision was taken by the attending vets that it would be more humane to euthanise the animal rather than let it suffer a slow and lingering death," said a spokesman.
"However, the whale died naturally and this was not necessary."

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