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RESCUERS tend a stranded sick whale yesterday as they wait for vets to arrive to put it out of its misery.

The bottlenose stood no chance of survival after it became stuck for a second time on a sand bank while suffering irreversible kidney damage.

Experts had tried all they could to help it back out to sea, but the mammal beached itself again - a sure sign its life was at an end. A team of vets was called to put the whale down with a drug called Immobilon.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue organisation insisted the move was the right decision. Director Faye Archell said: "Unfortunately it's not the outcome people would want but it's the right decision for the whale.

"It's sick and distressed and it has come in for a second time. It has chosen to strand both times.

"It was dehydrated and hungry after not eating for 48 hours."

Off course

The closest habitat for the whales to Ireland is the Bay of Biscay on the western coast of France, where they eat squid
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2008
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