Stranded whale dies in Baltimore


A fin whale that was stranded against a harbour wall in Baltimore in west Cork since Tuesday has died.

The 14m (46ft) whale, which resisted attempts by fishermen to coax it back into open waters after it swam into harbour, stopped moving or breathed at about 12.30pm today.

Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said the animal's death was sad but inevitable.

“It is a relief really, as we were all expecting it to die last night. It was very distressed this morning and we were beginning to consider alternative options to put it out of its misery,” he added.

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