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WATCH: Whale freed from fishing nets in complex rescue

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.


Whale washes up on Devon beach

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.

Credit: Teignbridge District Council

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.

Dolphins swim yards from holidaymakers on Cornish beach

Dolphin in Gwithian Bay, Cornwall

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.

Dolphins encouraged away from tourists by coastguards and helicpoter

Coastguards eventually coaxed the dolphins away from tourists on the beach with the help of a helicopter.


Stranded whale latest

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."

– Julia Cable, BDMLR spokeswoman
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