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Whale dies after getting stranded

A 30-ft long whale which became stranded in a river estuary in southern Scotland has died.

The northern bottle-nosed whale was first spotted grounded on a sandbank on the River Cree near Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway on Monday.

Efforts to reach the animal were hampered by some of the biggest and most powerful tides of the year so far.

It was the same species as one which made its way up the Thames into the centre of London in 2006.

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