Sadly its unlikely to survive, as is all too often the case.
A male sperm whale, the world's largest predator, has beached itself on the Cunnigar Strand in Dungarvan.
The incident follows numerous sightings of the cetacean off the south-east coast over the past 24 hours.
Andrew Malcolm of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said this afternoon that the whale, around 10m in length, was "still very much alive".
UPDATE: Sadly this animal didn't make it, and unfortunately it looks we may never know why it stranded in the first place - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0822/1224302806444.html