The remains of what is believed to be a whale have washed up on a Co Waterford beach as mass beaching in Australia has claimed the lives of almost 400 whales.
The Baleen Whale was discovered yesterday afternoon by a woman out for a walk on Kilfarrasy Beach, according to the Waterford News & Star. Ann Nolan, who made the discovery and is a member of Tramore Eco Group, said the decomposing remains were a “sight to behold”.
“Really it was a sight to behold to be honest. It was down the end of the beach, but you could see it from a good distance away. I’ve never seen anything like that washed up before,” she said.
“I guessed it was a whale, but I wouldn’t have known the type that it was,” Ms Nolan said. “It was incredible, but a sad sight.”
Upon discovering the whale, Ms Nolan immediately notified the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, having previously reported dolphins that washed up in the Waterford area to them.The group later identified the remains as a Baleen Whale after examining photos.
The whale is said to measure around 45 feet in length, while the cause of its death is yet to be determined.
“You hear a lot of these creatures dying after consuming plastic out at sea, and you’d wonder what this one died of,” Ms Nolan said. READ MOREIllegal air pollution detected in Ireland for first time in decade