A minke whale fatally washed up on Redcar beach this week at South Gare is to be disposed of by authorities.
The sea creature was spotted on Wednesday by a morning walker and the coastguards and British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were soon at the scene.
The female whale, predicted to be between juvenile and adulthood, was already deceased but was going to be pulled out and taken for data tests to determine the cause of death.
On Wednesday morning, Colin Stonehouse, of BDMLR, said: “The sunlight will cause pressure to build up and it will explode, probably this afternoon.
“We need to keep dogs away, if seals come onto the beach they could bite a dog.”
A crew of coastguards were in attendance to keep the public and pets from the area as crowds gathered to view the animal.
But what happened to the whale?
A spokesperson from BDMLR said: “It was spotted Wednesday morning quite early, we were told about it around 7am
“The tide was still incoming so as the tide came in it refloated it and it ended up further up by the beach by about 11am.
“Some photographs and measurements were taken for identification and then it was passed over to the coast guard, then they deal with it from there.
“They report back to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme which is based down at London Zoo, then they will work out what to do with it from there.”
Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team said in a statement: “Redcar team tasked by MRCC Humber operations room at Bridlington to reports of a dead minke whale on the beach near the South Gare in Redcar.
“The team cordoned off the area and stayed on scene until local council could deal with the matter.”
A spokesperson at the Humber Coastguard operations centre said: “It’s down to the local authority to move it, that’s as much as I can tell you.”
A spokesperson at Redcar and Cleveland Council said: “The council can confirm that a deceased minke whale washed up at the South Gare beach, near Redcar, and the authority is taking responsibility for its disposal.
“The tide took the carcass back out to sea on Wednesday and it was hoped it would decay at sea naturally.
“However, it returned and it will now be disposed of safely.
“Gases build up in the bodies of all dead animals and are emitted and it is not expected this natural process will cause any serious explosion.”
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