Steve Green Image caption Volunteers had been dowsing it in water to help keep it alive
Dan Jarvis from BDMLR said they were called to the beach at about : 083 GMT.
He said: “When we first got here the animal was opening its mouth wide and beating its tail against the rocks and it sounded like thunder. “
Mr Jarvis said the fin whale would not be able to support its own weight so it was” crushing itself “.
He said the whale was” in poor nutritional condition “- suggesting it was already in poor health before beaching.