Whale found beached at Arbroath

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VISITORS to an Arbroath beach would have been shocked to discover the body of a beached whale this morning (Friday).

According to Tayside Police they were alerted to the grim find by a member of the public at around 8 a.m.

Officers arrived at the scene at an area of beach near Arbroath Artisan Golf Club and were joined by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who examined the corpse.

A spokesperson for Tayside Police said: “We are here to keep people back, obviously people are not allowed to touch in case of disease.

“The gentlemen from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue are taking measurements at the moment to see how suitable it is to uplift it.”

The whale, which is as yet not fully identified, is approximately 12.35 metres in length and measure 3.5 metres from tail to dorsal fin.

Gareth Norman, local area co-ordinator for the BDMLR, was able to shed some light. He said: “It’s definitely not a pilot whale.

“It’s possibly a sperm whale, but it’s not one of the whales from Pittenweem because those animals had teeth. It’s a baleen whale, a filter feeder, and you can also distinguish that by the double blowhole.

“It filters through the baleen plates that catch krill and small fish to feed on.”

The cause of death is currently unknown. For the full story see the story in print on Friday, September 21.