A WHALE found stranded on a beach yesterday died despite desperate rescue attempts.
The mammal — believed to be a fin whale which is the second largest animal in the world after the blue whale — was seen swimming off the Cornish coast yesterday morning.
But it later washed up around midday near Nare Point on the Lizard peninsula.
It was initially hoped volunteers could turn it round when the tide came in.
But rescuers confirmed the whale had died. Steve Green, of Clean Ocean Sailing, said: “It is so sad as she was swimming with us just this morning and it was wonderful to see her alongside us.
“We were horrified to see her later stranded on the rocks.
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“It was heartbreaking to watch her die.
"We were hoping to get a load of people on the tide to help her turn around but that’s not been possible. It’s devastating.”
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue group have been called and the public have been asked to stay away from the area.
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