I have just come in from a very sad event. A baby sperm whale we named Wanda stranded herself on the beach right in front of our cottages this afternoon. My sister, who works for National Parks, was there and my brother-in-law Mark, spent the afternoon wetting her down. Unfortunately nothing could be done to save her - she had cut herself on the rocks and was clearly in distress so the vet decided to euthenise her.
It was a wonderful thing to see the whole village out there willing her on but it seemed nature had other ideas.