A massive endangered whale sadly died after being washed up on a British beach and crushed its internal organs on the rock.
Witnesses were “devastated” as they watched the common whale die slowly after being discovered in trouble by a beach cleaning team that triggered a desperate rescue operation.
Initially it was hoped that with the advent of the tide a group of volunteers could help reverse the trend, but rescuers confirmed that the whale, part of an endangered species that is the second largest in the world, has now lost his battle for survival.
Clean Ocean Sailing’s Steve Green told Cornwall Live that he met the whale today before seeing him in trouble at privately owned Nare Point on the Lizard in Cornwall this afternoon.
She said, “I think it was a common whale. It’s so sad because she was swimming with us just this morning and it was wonderful to see her by our side.
“About where we anchored we were cleaning the beach and we were horrified to see it stranded on the rocks.
“It was heartbreaking to see her die. We hoped to have a lot of people on the tide to help her turn around – but it wasn’t possible.
Steve said rescuers told him that the whale had crashed around for several hours trying to get off the rocks, but due to its size it is believed to have crushed its internal organs.
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) group was called and the public was asked to stay away from the area.
The animal, believed to be 60 feet long, was declared dead at around 15.45 this afternoon after being stranded on the rocks.
Julia Cable, national coordinator of the BDMLR, said the creature is a common whale, also known as a common whale or common rorqual and formerly known as a herring whale or razor whale.
Fin whales are the second largest whale on the planet. They usually live in the Gulf of California, the Coral Triangle or the Arctic.
It is rare to find fin whales in British waters and it appears that the creature may have been ill, although tests will have to be performed to determine the cause of death.
Julia said, “We don’t take them into our waters. I don’t remember the last time one was recorded down here.
“It’s really very thin, so it’s likely that I haven’t eaten in a while.”
The WWF conservation organization says whales are endangered: “Next to the blue whale, the common whale is the second largest mammal in the world. They have a distinct crest along the back behind the dorsal fin, which gives it the nickname razor. ‘
“Fin whales have a very unusual feature: the lower right jaw is bright white and the lower left jaw is black.”