Public urged stay away from dead whales washed up days apart

A dead minke whale washed up on a beach on the coast the day before another 12-meter-long mammal was found.

The Coast Guard has urged vacationers and onlookers to stay away after the 27-foot long whale was found on Boulmer Beach in Northumberland.

Dead whales are known to explode due to a build-up of gases as they decompose.

The Howick Coastguard Rescue Team was called after a walker spotted the whale on the rocks on Friday (4/6) noon.

A spokesman said: “Unfortunately, a three-foot whale was found dead on the rocks.

“It seemed to have been dead for some time.

“We can confirm that other than decay and seabird predation, there were no obvious signs of trauma to the whale.

“The area where the whale is is very dangerous. The surface is extremely slippery with algae and very stony.

“It would be very easy to slip here and get seriously injured.

“In addition, decaying whales pose a significant bacterial health hazard and should therefore not be addressed.

“Whales are king fish and are owned by the Receiver of Wreck. It is a criminal offense to intervene in the carcass.

“The public is urged not to visit or approach one another because of the health hazard and the potential for serious personal injury.

“It is planned to arrange for the carcass to be disposed of.”

Experts were called in to begin preparations for the removal of the marine mammal.

The dire discovery comes after another whale was found at South Gare, Redcar, 85 miles away on Tuesday (1/6).

Humber Coastguard confirmed it was a minke whale and was up to 12 meters long.

Minke whales are the smallest of the large whales, averaging 10.6 m in length and weighing up to nine tons.


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