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Dead whale washed up on beach removed

Dead whale washed up on beach removed

Published by Emma Carton at 8:21am 20th February 2020. (Updated at 8:46am 20th February 2020)

The huge whale that died after stranding on a Cornish beach has been removed.

Coastguards have confirmed the 60ft fin whale was refloated on Wednesday.

It comes after Pirate FM told you that experts think the poor creature may have starved.

Fin whale stranded in Cornwall
The dead whale that stranded on a beach in Cornwall has been removed and refloated. Photo: Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team

The giant whale was found at Nare Point on Friday afternoon.

Marine experts who rushed to the scene said the animal was already dead by the time they arrived.

They think it had got stuck up on rocks during the morning's high tide.

Fin whale stranded in Cornwall
The 60ft fin whale died after being washed up on the rocks on the Lizard on Friday. Photo: Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team

Since then a post-mortem has taken place to try to work out what happened.

It found that its stomach was empty, meaning it would have been very weak and starving when it died.

"The pathologist who undertook the post-mortem found no signs of plastic in the stomach nor actually any signs of feeding, which would explain why the animal was so thin.

"It is an amazing thing to see. It is an incredibly sad thing to see. But what we always try to remember is that from this really sad event we can get some invaluable information about these animals that are otherwise so difficult to study.

Abby Crosby, Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Fin whale stranded in Cornwall
Marine experts believe the giant whale may have starved after finding that its stomach was empty. Photo: Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team

"Team members requested to attend nare point for public safety whilst the recent stranded whale was refloated and removed.

"Recent weather had made cliff paths slippery so team members made sure all members of public were at a safe distance from the cliff edges whilst they watched".

Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team

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