Humpback whale carcass measuring 30ft washes up on Scottish beach

Humpback whale carcass measuring 30ft washes up on Scottish beach after getting tangled in rope in North Sea

  • The juvenile whale was found on the beach at John Muir Country Park, East Lothian, on Tuesday morning
  • It appeared to have died just a few hours before it was discovered and appeared to be entangled in rope
  • East Lothian Council said the cause of death is uncertain but a post-mortem examination will be carried out

A humpback whale carcass measuring 30-feet has washed up on a Scottish beach.

The juvenile whale appeared to have died just a few hours before it was found on the beach at John Muir Country Park, Dunbar, East Lothian, on Tuesday morning. 

No cause of death has been established but signs suggested it had been entangled in rope before it died.

A 30ft (nine metre) humpback whale found washed up on the beach at John Muir Country Park, Dunbar on Tuesday morning 

The 30ft-long marine mammal was discovered on Tuesday morning at John Muir Country Park, near Tyningham

Walkers have been told to avoid the whale, until it is removed from the beach this afternoon.

It may be taken elsewhere for a post-mortem examination to be carried out.

A spokesman for East Lothian Council said: ‘It is nine metres long and considered to be a juvenile at that length.

‘We don’t know the cause of death.

A spokesman for East Lothian Council said that they currently don’t know the cause of death, although a post-mortem examination will be carried out 

Photographs show that the mammal had been entangled in rope before it washed up on the beach (pictured) although it is not certain whether this contributed to its death 

‘It may well be towed to another site and possibly a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

‘The level of decomposition is slight, it is considered to be relatively fresh so it probably died within the last two hours or so.

‘There was a whale spotted in the Firth of Forth near Fife that appeared to have a buoy tangled up.

‘This one appeared to have been tangled with some ropes.’

A post on the East Lothian Council Rangers Twitter page said: ‘Unfortunately a dead humpback whale has washed up at John Muir Country Park, Dunbar.

‘Arrangements are being made to remove the whale and people are being advised to keep their distance from the site.’ 

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