BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 28 December 2007, 16:22 GMT
Experts tackle isle whale carcass
Dead sperm whale (Pic by Western Isles Council)
It is thought the whale was washed ashore on Wednesday
A decision on how to dispose of a hard-to-reach whale carcass in the Western Isles is expected soon.

The 40ft sperm whale is thought to have been washed ashore on Lewis on Wednesday.

However, the carcass is on an inaccessible part of the shoreline, at South Dell in the Ness area on the north of the island.

Environmental health officials have visited the site and are taking advice from a local vet.

Dead whales are usually lifted whole from the shore, placed on a lorry and taken to a land-fill site - but the South Dell one may require to be cut into sections.

The village lies close to the Butt of Lewis, the northerly-most point on the island and a popular place for whale-spotting as the mammals pass to and from the Atlantic and the Minch.

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific