minke whale 2The places of beauty in North Wales are innumerable with there being so many gorgeous beaches along its fantastic coast to take in. It even appeared an attractive prospect for a less than fortunate whale over the past couple of days too!

It’s not uncommon to see whales and dolphins in the idyllic areas of Cardigan Bay with tours and guides dedicated to seeing these aquatic animals but to see a whale stranded on the Pensarn beach is something new altogether.

For several hours, the whale of either the minke or bottlenose variety had come aground in what’s expected to be a loss of navigation from the grand animal although the minke is the smallest of the baleen subspecies found throughout the United Kingdom.

Typically found off the Irish coast, it’s been speculated that the whale’s navigation could have been affected by the poor weather of late and that it may have become separated from its feeding group. The whale at the scene had all the markings of a juvenile as it had not reached its full size and coloration.

No time was wasted in trying to return the animal back to its natural habitat with crews from all over trying to lend a helping hand to the 20ft creature. Rhyl’s lifeboats were deployed for assistance and the RSPCA had a strong presence with three members of staff on hand to ensure the safety of the whale. Providing back up, the Llandudno lifeboat crew were also present at the scene.

After a bit of a slog, the volunteers were able to loose the whale from the beach at roughly 4pm where it promptly swam off to the delight of onlookers after the animal had been trapped 3 metres from the shoreline.

Although an RSPCA spokesman has said that it could still return, the signs remained “positive” that it had gone back on track home.

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