This is the moment a humungous female whale washed up dead on a Cornwall beach before floating back out to sea
por | May 16, 2023 | Sin categoría
This is the moment a humungous female whale washed up dead on a Cornwall beach before floating back out to sea.
The fin whale – the second largest animal on earth – was discovered on Friday along Cornwall’s south coast – with marine experts from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust now urging the public to help track the whale after it was swept away overnight.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were alerted to the stranded whale on Friday afternoon at 3:20pm, after someone reported what was believed to be a live whale near Perranuthnoe Beach.
A team of volunteer marine mammal medics attended the scene but the whale was confirmed dead on their arrival.
A fin whale, the second largest animal in the world, was discovered on Friday along Cornwall’s south coast
Someone reported what was believed to be a live whale near Perranuthnoe Beach on Friday afternoon
Dan Jarvis, director at BDMLR, said: ‘The whale was not very easy to spot, being some distance along the coast on a headland and mostly still submerged.
‘Only its head was really noticeable having been forced up on to the rocks by the rough sea, while the rest of its body was very much in motion with the tide and waves.
‘Unfortunately when we arrived it became apparent the 12-15-metre-long animal was already deceased.
‘It was far too dangerous to get close, so our team stayed back a safe distance to assess it visually, collect photos and feed back information to our colleagues at Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Falmouth Coastguard.’
The animal was later identified by BDMLR volunteers as a female fin whale.
Volunteer marine mammal medics attended the scene but the whale was confirmed dead on their arrival
It was considered to be in poor nutritional condition, but the cause of death could not be determined without a postmortem examination.
A volunteer from Cornwall’s Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network also attended the scene.
The whale was then assessed for a potential postmortem examination for the next day by the Cornwall Marine Pathology Team.
However, when volunteers came back to look for the whale on Friday it had vanished.
Sightings of large whales, including fin and humpback whales, have become more common along Cornwall’s coastline in recent years.
The fin whale, pictured, can grow up to 80 feet in length and weigh up to 120 tonnes.[File image]
Volunteers from Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Seaquest Southwest project recorded 12 fin whale and 21 humpback whale records in 2021.
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