The remains of a whale washed ashore on Lewis on the Western Isles may have to be left where they are because they are so difficult to reach.
The large whale was found over the festive period
Council officials said they were still evaluating options of disposing of the 40ft sperm whale found at South Dell in the Ness area after Christmas.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has notified the Receiver of Wreck.
Any wreck or whale washed ashore on tidal waters must be reported to the organisation.