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Whale is buried at Dunbar landfill site

Whale en route to Dunbar. Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.

Whale en route to Dunbar. Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.

A whale, which was washed up at Portobello beach on Saturday morning, has been buried with piles of rubbish at a landfill site near Dunbar.

The giant carcass, weighing more than 20 tonnes, was taken to the dock at Burntisland in Fife by tug where it was winched off and put into a closed lorry in case the gases mounted and it blew up.

The creature – a 13.8 metre male sperm whale, which was not adult – was transported by road for safe disposal at the Dunbar landfill site.

For full story and results of post mortem, see the East Lothian News - on sale now.

Photo courtesy of the Scottish Marine Animal Standing Scheme - www.strandings.org, tweet @strandings https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottish-Marine-Animal-Strandings-Scheme/359005850856875

 

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