Saturday 1 October 2016

VIDEO: Carcass of young Minke whale found lying on rocks in Co Clare

Published 12/08/2015 | 14:01

This footage shows what appears to be the carcass of a young Minke whale that washed up on the rocks at a local swimming spot in Co Clare.

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The whale was discovered at Hayes Hole, in Liscannor, by local man Roderick Gallivan.

Roderick was alerted to the presence of the whale and took the footage at about eight o'clock this morning.

The carcass appears to be of a baby as it is relatively small for a Minke whale, which can grow to sizes of over 27 metres (89ft) long and can way up to 74 tonnes when fully grown.

The whales prefer deeper water but are occasionally spotted near to Irish coasts. They can live up to 90 years.

The footage circles the whale before moving in for a closer look.

Mr Gallivan said that the sightings of the whale aren't too common in the area.

"You wouldn't see a lot of whale activity around here," he said.

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