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Endangered fin whale washes up on Belgian beach
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An 18-metre (60-foot) fin whale washed up overnight on a Belgian beach after dying offshore, in what the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences called a rare event. The male whale, which weighed 35 tonnes, was first spotted at sea on Wednesday before its body drifted to the Coq beach near Bruges, the first time such an event has occurred in 21 years, local media said. Fin whales are a protected species and are the world's second biggest mammals after blue whales. read more


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