North West Wales

Rare whale rescued from Newborough beach found dead

Whale Image copyright John Legg: British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Image caption Rescuers helped return the whale to the sea after it landed on a beach

A rare whale rescued from a beach in Anglesey earlier in November has died.

The pygmy sperm whale was found stranded on a beach in Newborough.

The animal was refloated but Dr Peter Evans, director of the Anglesey-based Sea Watch Foundation, said at the time that there were concerns it would become stranded again.

A Sea Watch Foundation officer was called out on Wednesday when the whale's body was found on a beach at Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon, Gwynedd.

The organisation said it had been on the look-out for the whale, as previous strandings often indicate a serious illness in an animal.

Further investigations into how and why the sea mammal died will now be carried out by marine experts.

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