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Stranded whale dies off beach in Santa Catarina

2010-09-10 07:31:05 GMT2010-09-10 15:31:05 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A dying southern right whale lies off Itapiruba Sul beach after efforts to help it back out to sea were suspended, in Santa Catarina state September 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Workers from the Projeto Baleia Franca, or Southern Right Whale Project, walk away from a dying southern right whale lying off Itapiruba Sul beach after efforts to help it back out to sea were suspended, in Santa Catarina state September 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A dying southern right whale lies off Itapiruba Sul beach after efforts to help it back out to sea were suspended, in Santa Catarina state September 9, 2010. Workers from the Projeto Baleia Franca, or Southern Right Whale Project, suspended the attempt to refloat the whale, which measures nearly 16 meters (52.5 feet) and weighs between 40 and 50 tonnes, after veterinarians declared it in a state of shock with its health rapidly deteriorating, according to the organization.

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