Attempts to save a sperm whale who was found on Ballyquinn beach in Kerry flounder.
The fifty foot long whale was stranded on the beach near Castlegregory. When the mammal was spotted in the area earlier in the week, the Valentia Weather Station issued a warning to fishing boats.
Experts from the Department of Marine at University College Cork (UCC) have confirmed that despite efforts at a rescue the whale has now died.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 June 1999. The reporter is Ciaran Mullooly.