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Monday, 08 July 2013 (3040387)
Whale on beach
by David Raven

A MINKE whale washed up on Crosby beach on Saturday morning.

Crosby Coastguard team received a call from Port of Liverpool staff who claimed a strange object was floating in the water.

Upon further inspection the object turned out to be the carcass of a young minke whale around 9ft long.

Mink whales feed on small shoaling fish and are common in the Irish Sea. It is believed the whale died before it washed up on the beach.

Crosby Coastguard team cordoned off the area and on Sunday, Sefton Council representatives visited the site and removed the carcass by toeing it with a tractor to avoid any unpleasant smells.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “The dead whale was washed up on Saturday and our rangers arranged for a specialist contractor to remove the carcass on Sunday morning

”With such high temperatures, it was important that the whale was removed as quickly as possible, as it would soon have become very smelly and unpleasant for the thousands of people who visited the beach on Sunday.“

A Liverpool Coastguard spokesperson said: ”We were sent to the scene from a public safety point of view.

“We were called to reports of a strange object in the water so we assigned the Crosby coastguard rescue team to go and have a search.

”The object turned out to be a minke whale and we passed the responsibility onto Sefton Council and the incident was closed on Sunday night.“

Champion reader Mike Jennings was on hand to capture several images and a video which you can see below.


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