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Police warning as whale stranded in Cornwall dies

Police warning as whale stranded in Cornwall dies

Published by Emma Carton at 9:46am 15th February 2020. (Updated at 1:55pm 15th February 2020)

Photos: Helen Chadwick and Dan Jarvis, British Divers Marine Life Rescue

Police have issued a warning to beach-goers after the death of whale, stranded on a Cornish beach.

Marine rescuers rushed to the scene at Nare Point on the Lizard but, tragically, the giant creature could not be saved.

The fin whale, measuring 60ft in length, washed up on Friday afternoon and its remains are still on the beach.

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging locals and visitors not to go to the beach to try to watch.

Please be warned that you may find some of the images and footage in this article upsetting.

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Police have warned people not to head to the remote Cornish beach where a stranded whale has died. Photo: British Divers Marine Life Rescue

"At 3.50pm on Friday February 14th, a fin whale of approximately 60ft in length became stranded on rocks at Nare Point on The Lizard. The whale is dead.

"Members of the public are advised not to attend the privately owned beach, due to the possibility the road network could become severely congested, causing long delays in the locale. 

"Consideration should also be given to the safety aspects surrounding the rapid decomposition of the whale's body".

Devon and Cornwall Police

Speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall, Dan Jarvis from British Divers Marine Life Rescue said it stranded at high tide.

"When we actually first got here, the animal was opening its mouth wide and it was beating its tail against the rocks. It sounded like thunder; it was an awful noise.

"There's a lot of damage on the animal so it had probably been here some time and had been scraped on the rocks quite a lot as well.

"It stranded on the high tide and that's now gone away so it's been stranded for quite some time.

"In this situation, an animal like this has never evolved to support its own weight so it's been crushing itself ever since and causing a lot of internal damage too".

Dan Jarvis speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall

You can watch the full interview below...

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