July 11th, 2016. A giant whale has died after washing up on a popular Cornish beach.
The huge creature, measuring around 40 feet long, was found at lunchtime on Perranporth.
The young female sperm whale was stuck in the shallows as the tide went out.
Marine specialists say that being out of the water for so long would have caused internal injuries and, even if they could have refloated her, she would probably not have survived.
Ed Sibylline : as usual, there are free hypothesis to not act ! Ex. Whale Saved 10 Years Ago Reunites With Rescuers (Brazil) 12 hours on the sand !
They spent Sunday afternoon trying to ensure that she did not suffer (Ed Sibylline : and how did they monitor it ?).
The beach is one of the most popular in Cornwall, with one of the highest numbers of human rescues conducted by the RNLI every year.
Sperm whales are extremely rare in Cornish waters.
One of the experts on the scene told Pirate FM that, in her 14 years of responding to marine life emergencies, she has never had to deal with a stranded sperm whale.
People could be seen pouring seawater over the whale in an effort to stop her drying out.
The creatures can grow to around 50 feet (15m) and generally live up to 70 years olds. They can weigh up to 15,000kg.
They also have the largest brain of any animal known to exist.
One eyewitness told Pirate FM how he had seen the animal’s tail moving as it tried to free itself from the sand.
Comment Stranded No More : There is a cruel irony in this stranding that happened in the area of intense military activities because tomorrow the 4th international conference called the Effect of Noise on Aquatic Life starts in Dublin, Ireland. The conference sponsors are usual gang: the US Navy and Big Oil sponsored E&P Sound and Marine Life Joint Industry Programme. How on Earth this conference could be seen as anything else but a huge joke and a royal hypocrisy along with massive conflict of interests? Tomorrow these stuffed shirts will be giving pompous presentations as the body this poor whale will be laying there like a trash she is to all of them ?
* The submarine, “Tridente”, was taking part in a training exercise with Britain’s Royal Navy 55 kilometres (34 miles) off Lizard Point, southwest England (source)