Whale that beached off Wirral coast for third time dies

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A fin whale that was stranded off the coast of Thurstation beached again for the third time today and sadly died.

It was found stranded once again this morning and a team from the Coastguard and a licensed drone pilot with permission to fly the area have been observing it from a distance.

Sadly, though expected, there appear to be no signs of life left.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue has urged people not to come and see the whale and to stick to Covid-19 guidelines.

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The BDMLR said: “Once again we would reiterate that members of the public must abide by Covid-19 guidelines against gathering in groups and in Wales there is a 5-mile travel limit still in force too.

“The area is extremely dangerous due to tides and quicksand and we would strongly urge that people must not enter the estuary in any kind of attempt to get near it and put themselves in unnecessary danger.

“Nobody has any need or reason to go near it now except for the authorities from Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales who are now involved with retrieving the body.

“We are in contact with our colleagues at the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme- UK strandings regarding the possibility of a post mortem examination that may be able to take place to help us all learn more about this animal.

“Once again we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has been involved with this harrowing ordeal over the last couple of days, but also for the huge amounts of public support that the team have received from you all both in person and online.”