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The world's second largest whale washed up on a beach in England: the carcass may explode

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A whale carcass has washed up on a British beach and could explode at any moment. Source: Unsplash

On the morning of November 15, a huge dead whale washed up on a beach in Cornwall, England. Local residents were informed that the carcass could explode at any moment.

The corpse was identified as a fin whale, the second largest mammal in the world after the blue whale, about 16 and a half meters long. Photos published by the Daily Mail show the animal sprawled on the sand. Around its mouth, abdomen and fin, you can see a red liquid that looks like blood.

The cause of the fin whale's death, as well as what exactly caused the bleeding, is currently unknown. In addition, scratches are visible on the whale's head.

The world's second largest whale washed up on a beach in England: the carcass may explode

A Marine Stranding Network volunteer from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust said the mammal was at "high risk of exploding," adding that the consequence would be beach pollution. Locals have been ordered to stay away from the corpse, and the area has been cordoned off by the emergency services.

The world's second largest whale washed up on a beach in England: the carcass may explode

Previously, residents of Cornwall have repeatedly reported similar incidents: two of them occurred in the summers of 2021 and 2022, and the last one in January of this year. When any whale washes ashore, a large accumulation of gas inside its body means that an explosion will occur. It is only a matter of time before it happens.

"When I arrived, I checked to see if he was alive, but he was already dead, so we're going to take him away," said Colin Stonehouse, a member of the British Marine Rescue Service. "We need to look at some data and determine the cause of death.

The world's second largest whale washed up on a beach in England: the carcass may explode

He added that despite the fact that the North Sea is the natural habitat of fin whales, the whales often swim up to the coast. "This could be due to problems with navigation, there are many bruises on it," Stonehouse explained.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told about how a powerful wave washed away tourists on the beach in Brazil.

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