A huge fin whale has stranded and died on the south coast of Cornwall. It is estimated to be be 40-60 feet in length.

The creature washed up at Nare Point on the Lizard this afternoon (14th Feb). British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) members tried to keep it alive through the low tide but it passed away at about 3.45pm.

Julia Cable, national coordinator at BDMLR, said

“Our team are recording data. It will be passed into the standings network. They will do some sampling and maybe a post-mortem.”

“We don’t get them in our waters. I can’t remember the last time one was recorded down here. It is really really thin so it’s likely it hasn’t eaten for some time.”

RIP big fella