British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2011-08-09 16:17:38

Dead fin whale washes up on Devon coast

Dead fin whale washes up on Devon coastA dead fin whale was reported to have washed up on the coast at Lynmouth, Devon, this morning.

At around 50-55ft long, the body is in relatively fresh condition and pathologists from the Zoological Society of London and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency are on their way to carry out a post mortem examination.

It is hoped that this will help determine the cause of the fin whale's death.

In May this year, what has been described as one of the "largest gatherings" of the species ever seen in British waters was spotted in an area known asthe Celtic Deep, between north Cornwall and south west Pembrokeshire, on 21 May. Researchers spotted 21 fin whales, the world's second largest animal ever, some 50 to 70 miles offshore, feeding near the surface over 30 minutes.

» Watch the BBC report

Stephen Marsh
BDMLR Operations Manager