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How to rescue a stranded whale

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Would you know what to do if you found a whale stranded on a beach?

Each year anywhere between five and 50 whales, dolphins and porpoises are washed up on Britain's beaches. British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a volunteer charity, was set up in 1998 to rescue them.

To find out how it's done Nick Higham, and volunteers including a chef, a plumber, a man who runs boat trips and a woman who works in IT, encountered a two-tonne inflatable whale for a training course on a Kent beach.

Talking him through the process were the charity's chief executive, Mark Stephens, and vet Iain Cope.

If you spot a stranded whale, dolphin, porpoise, marine turtle or basking shark on the UK coast, the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme would like you to contact them.

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