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Thursday 22 February 2018

'It was sad to see' - Dead whale over six metres long found washed up on island

The six-foot long whale (Picture: Rachel Earley, Arranmore Blue Ferry)
The six-foot long whale (Picture: Rachel Earley, Arranmore Blue Ferry)
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A dead whale measuring more than six metres long was found washed up on Árainn Mhor off the Donegal coast over the weekend.

Island resident Rachel Earley photographed the dead whale and said it was a "sad thing to see".

"My father is captain of the local lifeboat here and they got a call on Friday evening as someone had spotted something big floating in the water," she told Independent.ie.

"On Sunday evening, the whale was spotted off the beach on the east side of the island and I went over yesterday morning and it was washed up on the rocks. You often see dolphins here, as I work on the ferry, but I've never seen something like this before.

It is believed the whale may have been dead for weeks Picture: Rachel Earley
It is believed the whale may have been dead for weeks Picture: Rachel Earley

"It was very sad to see such a selfless creature just lying there."

It is believed the whale may have been dead for a number of weeks.

Gareth Doherty of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said that the whale was male and most likely a fin whale.

"It is not often a whale like this is found in Donegal," he told RTÉ News.

Donegal County Council said it is investigating and is "looking for options for its disposal".

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