Watch below as a large whale, that had been caught in fishing nets off the South Devon coast, is finally freed.
Marine wildlife experts were eventually able to disentangle the whale, but only after a highly complex rescue operation.
An eighteen metre-long dead whale which washed up on a beach in South Devon is being chopped up and removed. It's thought to cost £10,000.Read the full story ›
An eighteen metre-long dead whale which washed up on a beach in South Devon will be removed over the weekend.Read the full story ›
A dead whale has washed up on a Devon beach.
The whale - believed to be a minke whale - came ashore at Red Rock beach, between Dawlish Warren and Dawlish.
Members of the public are being warned to keep a safe distance from the carcass - thought to measure about 50ft.
Coastguards are currently at the scene to put a cordon around the mammal.
Three dolphins were spotted swimming close to the shore on a beach in North Cornwall.
Holidaymakers looked on as the dolphins leaped out of the water just yards from the shore in Gwithian Bay.
Coastguards eventually coaxed the dolphins away from tourists on the beach with the help of a helicopter.
This week is the Whale and Dolphin Society's annual event to monitor the number of animals around the South West's coastline.Read the full story ›
Crowds gathered to watch as rescuers attempted to help the young pilot whale stranded on Falmouth's Castle Beach. Unfortunately the animal had to be put down.
The whale's corpse remains on the beach while a decision is made on removal. Rescuers have now left Castle Beach at Falmouth after a vet put the mammal down.
The young pilot whale found stranded on Falmouth's Castle Beach has been put down by a vet after examinations showed it was too poorly to survive.
Marine life rescue teams are battling to keep a whale alive after it was found stranded on a beach in Falmouth.
Initial reports suggested it was a dolphin but marine mammal medics have identified it as a young pilot whale.
Volunteers formed a human chain to pass buckets of water along Castle beach to pour over the animal to keep it cool. The whale has also been covered in wet towels and surrounded by a screen.
Experts from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) are monitoring the animal's breathing while they wait for a vet to say whether it is healthy enough to be refloated.
However they fear the worst because the whale's body condition is said to be "poor".
"We've got about 15 volunteer marine mammal medics on scene with specialist equipment.
They are monitoring its breathing, keeping it damp and trying to minimize the stress of the animal.
We are in consultation with a vet at the moment and it's up to the vet to say what the condition is and to decide whether we can attempt to refloat it.
At the moment I'm not sure if that's going to be possible."