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Wrong turn for gentle giant of the deep leads to death on a beach


THEY may be the most majestic creatures of the ocean but the 44ft (13.4 metre) sperm whale which became beached in Cleveland, England, yesterday died because it simply got lost.

The 20-tonne adult male was stranded on Redcar beach and reported to police at 6.10am, sparking a massive operation to save it.

The partially-submerged whale was pronounced dead shortly after 9am, despite firefighters keeping it wet with a water jet.

Irish Independent