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Huge Fin whale dies after becoming stranded on the Lizard in Cornwall

The creature died on the beach despite huge efforts to save it. Credit: Clean Ocean Sailing

A 60ft Fin whale has died after it was found washed up on a beach in Cornwall.

The mammal was spotted yesterday morning (Friday 14 February) by Clean Ocean Sailing when the group was on its way to a beach clean.

Experts from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were called to Nare Point on the Lizard at 3.50pm after it became stranded on the rocks.

It's not known what caused the whale to end up there.

Devon and Cornwall police is urging members of the public to not visit the privately owned beach where the whale is.

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

It's not known what caused the whale to end up there. Credit: Cornwall Live

At 3.50pm on Friday February 14, 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

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Steve Green, from Clean Ocean Sailing, said his group saw the whale swimming seeing it in trouble.

Mr Green said: "I think it was a fin whale. It is so sad as she was swimming with us just this morning and it was wonderful to see her alongside us.

About where we anchored we were doing a beach clean up and we were horrified to see her stranded on the rocks.

It was heartbreaking to watch her die. We were hoping to get a load of people on the tide to help her turn around - but that hasn't been possible. It is devastating.

– Steve Green

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