THE whale trapped on Pensarn beach has been released after a rescue operation.
Holyhead Coastguard confirmed the minke whale which is believed to have strayed inland looking for food, has been set free.
Andy Carroll, watch manager for Holyhead Coastguard, said: "We were called just after 3.30pm of a 20ft whale trapped in the shallows. Both the inshore and offshore lifeboats from Rhyl RNLI were called to the scene.
"Officers from the RSPCA and RNLI were able to turn its nose back out to sea and are now using boats to guide it back out to sea."
Coastguard section manager Richard Furneaux, who was leading the rescue operation, said: "We took advice from the RSPCA and we decided we needed to turn the whale's head.
"As the animal turned its head, it changed its direction and then it did the rest of the work itself.
"It really is a happy ending, especially so quickly."
RNLI, Coastguard and RSPCA teams freed the animal by 4pm.
RSPCA Inspector Mike Pugh, who was on the scene to advise rescue workers, said: "It is unusual to see a minke whale on the coast like this.
"There was a lot of tonnage, so we had to be careful of that, and it was quite long - about 15 meters.
"We can't do much more than keep an eye and see if it beaches again tomorrow and if it does we may need take another view."