Rotting 5,000st whale left on UK beach as officials consider chopping up carcass

A whopping whale carcass washed up on a UK beach has left authorities with a headache about what to do with it.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is trying to move the 55ft (17m) fin whale whole from its current location on Bridlington Beach, East Yorkshire.

Weighing some 30 tonnes, the mammoth mammal may have to be cut up if the operation to move it in one piece doesn’t work out.

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It was first sighted struggling in the shallows of the North Sea at around 1pm on Tuesday (May 2) and passed away at around 6pm.

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council told the Daily Star: “Over the next couple of days we will be working with our contractors in an attempt to move the whale away from the beach in one piece, and we are liaising with zoological experts over the cause of this sad incident.

“To help us, some roads and slipways will be closed, and we’d ask the public to please bear with us.

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“This is a very challenging operation and the largest of its kind we have dealt with.

“The body has moved slightly down the beach overnight because of the tide.

“There will be a cordon and we are urging people to please stay away from the whale for health reasons, to help us deal with the situation, and also out of respect.”

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Onlookers have been gathering at the shoreline surrounding a cordon placed around the male whale.

Efforts were initially made to save it by Members of British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Assistance from HM Coastguard was also offered, with a spokesperson saying: "We can confirm that HM Coastguard officers are in attendance at the scene of a stranded whale off Belvedere near Bridlington beach.

"We were called today at 1.15 pm and are there to provide assistance."


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