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Whale carcass washes up on beach

Whale carcass (Pic courtesy of John Tuttiett)
The carcass will be removed on Thursday (Pic courtesy of John Tuttiett)

The carcass of a 20ft (6m) whale has washed up on a Northumberland beach.

The male Minke was spotted by a member of the public at Cresswell, near Druridge Bay, on Wednesday morning.

Coastguards said it was thought to have been dead for some time and have now roped the animal off to prevent any spread of disease.

Castle Morpeth Borough Council said heavy lifting equipment would be used to move the whale. The Environment Agency will then dispose of the body.

The disposal operation, which could involve burning the carcass or sending it to landfill, is expected to take place on Thursday.

Coastguards spotted a dead whale off the port of Blyth on Tuesday, and were monitoring it as a potential hazard to shipping.




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