A YOUNG minke whale has been put down after beaching itself on the banks of the Forth – the second this week to do so.
A dog walker called coastguard after spotting the 15ft animal around 7.30am this morning near Torryburn in Fife.
The minke whale was reported to be distressed and “trembling,” and rescuers were unable to re-float the animal..
Firefighters poured water on the beached mammal using a fire engine hose and it was covered with sheets to prevent its skin cracking.
But as the rescue operation dragged on it became clear the whale could not be re-floated for several hours, and vets had no choice but to put it down.
“All we can do at the moment is keep it comfortable and the towels keep it damp, we must keep it moistured.”It’s more humane to euthanise it at this point.”