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Stranded whale is euthanized

From the Associated Press

Marine veterinarians euthanized a 26-foot-long sick whale Friday after it became stranded on a mudflat off the coast of southern England.

British wildlife experts and the coast guard tried all day to save the northern bottlenose whale, which beached off Langstone Harbor, 75 miles southwest of London.

The coast guard helped it return to the water, but the whale became stranded a second time on a nearby mudflat later in the day.

Blood tests showed the whale was suffering from kidney failure, said Faye Archell, a director of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue organization.

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