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."
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.
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.