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Giant whale stranded on beach in Cornwall

Giant whale stranded on beach in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:15pm 14th February 2020. (Updated at 8:24am 15th February 2020)

Photo: British Divers Marine Life Rescue

A giant fin whale has become stranded on a beach in Cornwall.

The discovery was made at Nare Point on the Lizard on Friday afternoon.

Experts from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were called to the scene to help.

The 60ft-long mammal was found alive and high up on rocks but sadly it could not be saved.

"At around 2pm today we were alerted to a live stranded fin whale at Nare Point on the Lizard Peninsula.

"The 60-foot-long whale was stranded high up on the rocks most likely since the previous high tide at about 9am. 

"A small group of BDMLR medics headed out to find the best access point for the whale, should extra help be needed, but upon arrival found the whale had died. This was confirmed by a vet at around 3.45pm."

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

What do we know about fin whales?

Fin whales are the second largest mammal in the world, after the blue whale.

They have long, slender bodies that can grow up to a whopping 80 feet in length.

With a distinct ridge running behind the dorsal fin, in some countries they have earned themselves the nickname “razorbacks” and cut through the water with ease.

Like other baleen whales, fin whales have expandable pleats that allow them to take in huge amounts of water and food.

They then sieve the water out through their baleen plates before ingesting their delicious meal, consuming up to 2,000kg of krill in a day.

Fin whales can be found all over the world’s oceans. Most at home in the deep, open ocean, they prefer cooler waters and are rarely found in tropical waters.

Like other large whales, fin whales are thought to migrate between feeding and breeding grounds.

Fin whales can live for a really long time. One whale that was killed in Antarctica was discovered to be around 111 years old.

Source: Whale and Dolphin Conservation

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