A MAGNIFICENT 20m (65ft) long fin whale died yesterday on a west Cork beach despite a major rescue effort after it became trapped on a sandbank.
The second-largest animal on earth after the blue whale, the massive fin whale was spotted by members of the local RNLI station based in Courtmacsherry at about 8am. A frantic rescue operation was immediately put in place.
The whale was pronounced dead by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) at about 11.30am.
Hundreds of people descended on the west Cork beach yesterday morning to lend a hand to the rescue operation. They were still arriving in their droves over the course of the afternoon to see the massive mammal.
It was a beautiful creature.