Sunday, 8 September 2013

Second whale stranded in Firth of Forth is put down

A minke whale has been put down by vets after it became stranded in the Firth of Forth just days after the death of a pilot whale in the area.

The 4m long juvenile whale became stuck near the shore at Crombie point in Fife at 07:40.

The animal was in distress "lifting its tail and tremoring". Firefighters had been pouring water over the whale to keep its skin from cracking.

Experts said it was a "long way from the sea".

Medics from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue kept the mammal sedated but with high tide not due until mid afternoon a decision was taken to euthanise the whale because refloating was not possible.

On Tuesday, a pilot whale was stranded north of Edinburgh but later died.

A team from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue had spent the day in the shallows off Silverknowes trying to save the animal.

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