Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Stranded Whale Dies of Injuries

whale carlyon bay
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

2:22pm 14th August 2012
(Updated 2:22pm 14th August 2012)

The battle to save a whale washed up on a Cornish beach has failed.

The 65ft creature has died from its injuries.

It follows a desperate battle to save the giant Fin whale, beached at Carlyon Bay on Monday night.

Les Jenkin from Brixham Coastguard said: "Just before five o'clock we had numerous 999 calls reporting a whale beached on the middle beach at Carlyon Bay. We do get various animals washed up - dolphins, seals. We don't get whales very often, I must admit, but it does happen."

whale carlyon bay

Coastguards brought in specialist rescue teams from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue after they were alerted to what was happening by holidaymakers.

But despite a plan to refloat it, the endangered Fin was too badly injured. The whale, stranded on an outgoing tide, was also injured around one eye and there were reports of a gash on its underside.

There is speculation it deliberately beached itself in order to die.

BDMLR spokesperson Faye Archell said: “It is incredibly under nourished and has a very high breathing rate which suggests it is very sick and distressed.

"It would be wrong for us to put a sick animal back into the sea. We are frustrated about it but we cannot help it."

Despite claims from other news outlets, the whale was not put down by a vet. In a statement the charity said: "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 euthanize the animal rather than let it suffer a slow and lingering death. However, the whale died naturally and this was not necessary."

Police had pleaded with people not to turn out to watch the operation on the beach as roads became gridlocked.

Around three hundred onlookers watched the desperate battle to save the female.

Inspector Dave Meredith, who tweeted updates throughout the rescue bid, said: "Sadly the whale at Carlyon Bay is too sick for recovery. It is going to be humanely destroyed. Very sad."

Fin whales can grow up to 85ft and are the world's second biggest animal, after the blue whale.

The dead creature was recovered on Tuesday afternoon and taken to Par Docks for disposal. Experts say a post mortem may not now take place.

Watch this video taken by GriffosDiscovery, one of those who watched the desperate operation to rescue the creature...

2:22pm 14th August 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
joseph sciascia

WATCH: Race Against Time For Cornish Dad Dying Of Cancer

Joe Sciascia's family launch appeal to help him get married

Muddy the ringed seal

PHOTOS: Rare Ringed Seal Pup Dies

Muddy was being cared for at the sanctuary in Gweek

Most read
will young

WATCH: Bodmin's Will Young "Declines" Strictly Group Dance

Singer has apparently refused to appear on the final show

coastguard helicopter

UPDATE: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath

She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her

Top articles

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Chris Grayling demands rail companies roll out smart tickets

National News: Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has demanded the rail industry makes urgent progress on introducing smart ticketing.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Grammys: Beyonce breaks record with nine nods

Showbiz News: Beyonce's Lemonade dominates the 2017 Grammy Awards with nine nominations - including album, song and record of the year.

Trump: 'Out of control' Air Force One deal should be cancelled

World News: Donald Trump has said he wants to scrap plans for a new Air Force One - labelling the project as "ridiculous".

Thomas Bjorn to captain Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2018

Sports News: Thomas Bjorn has been announced as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the next contest in France in 2018.

Goat goes on the rampage and attacks pensioner named Billy

Strange News: A pensioner had to be dragged to safety inside a shop after an angry goat went on the rampage down a main street of a quiet town.

Newer article

'Double Whammy' Warning for Cornish Commuters

Cornwall News: Campaigners say the Duchy could end up paying more money for fewer trains

Older article

Olympics Poll: 75% 'Prouder To Be British'

Cornwall News: A Pirate FM poll asked Cornwall about the impact of the London Games

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Escape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.