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Whale beached in Cornwall: Rescuers race to save the whale Whale beached in Cornwall dies despite rescue attempts
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A whale has been found stranded on a beach in Cornwall. A whale found stranded on a beach in Cornwall has died despite rescue efforts.
It was spotted swimming near Nare Point in the morning and beached itself on rocks at Parbean Cove on the Lizard peninsula. It was spotted swimming near Nare Point in the morning and beached itself on rocks at Parbean Cove on the Lizard peninsula at about midday.
Informal rescue efforts have been ongoing with hopes the whale can be returned to the sea when help arrives. Volunteers had been dowsing it in water to help keep it alive and hoped to return it to the sea at high tide.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said experts were on their way to the scene, but warned the mammal was unlikely to survive its stranding. British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) sent experts to the scene and confirmed it had stopped breathing.
It has not been officially identified yet. Steve Green from Clean Ocean Sailing said the whale had been swimming alongside their boat at Helston in the morning, but found it stranded on the beach at about noon.
BDMLR states on its website that whales do not beach themselves under normal circumstances. It advises members of the public not to attempt to return the mammals to the sea by themselves as they may require a period of recovery before they are fit enough to swim again. "I was really hoping we could get some help. Twenty people have turned up and I was hoping at high tide we could help her back out," he said.
"She stopped thrashing around and stopped breathing, it's really sad," he added.
BDMLR states on its website that whales do not beach themselves under normal circumstances and warned the chances of a whale surviving being stranded were slim.