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Majestic fin whales

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Two Fin Whales Strand In UK And Ireland

Two fin whales have stranded in separate incidents in waters around the UK and Ireland.

The first whale stranded in Carlyon Bay near St. Austall in Cornwall. Rescuers reported the animal as being malnourished and it died soon afterwards.

Meanwhile, a young fin whale has turned up in Baltimore Harbour in Cork, Ireland. The whale was also thought to be in a poor condition and died after three days.

Fin whales are the second largest whale and can grow to over 20 metres. Around the British Isles they are generally found in deeper offshore waters.

Later in the week, a Sowerby’s beaked whale stranded in the estuary of the River Severn and died soon after. Very little is known about beaked whales as they live in deep water and are seldom seen.

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