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Fin whale dies after beaching at Cape Henlopen on Thursday

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Cresting the dune on the oceanside of The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park Friday around 1 p.m., an enormous fin was visible flapping in the surf.

Seeing a whale up-close is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and dozens had come to get a glimpse, lined up along the caution tape with binoculars, cameras and phones. Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control police and Marine Education, Rehabilitation and Research volunteers in blue T-shirts hurried about.

But the excitement was tempered with sadness.

The 50-foot fin whale, as identified by MERR, died a natural death around 2 p.m.

Rob Rector is on the board of directors at MERR and was on the scene Friday.

A federal officer keeps watch over the fin whale beached at Cape Henlopen State Park Friday, Aug. 27.

“The plan today is to provide palliative care, make sure it is as comfortable as it can be,” he said. “We have a veterinarian coming who is hopefully going to administer a sedative and probably euthanasia, but we want for nature to take its course as undisrupted by human hands as possible.”

The whale died ten minutes before the veterinarian arrived, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration officer told onlookers.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service