Cornwall

Wanson Beach dead whale 'cannot be moved'

Whale Image copyright Ado Shorland
Image caption The animal, thought to be a fin whale, was found at Wanson Beach near Bude

The carcass of a dead whale that washed up on a Cornish beach cannot be moved, environmental health officials have said.

The mammal, about 20m (65ft) long and thought to be a fin whale, was found at Wanson Beach near Bude on Friday.

Officials said the corpse cannot be moved by sea and there is no vehicular access so for now it will stay in situ.

Experts said the whale was not a public health risk but could be potentially hazardous.

Beach owner Richard Gill said he had put up signs and has been warning people to stay away from the carcass.

Cornwall Council said: "As the cause of the whale's death is not yet known and the carcass is decomposing, members of the public are being advised not to approach the whale and to ensure that they keep their pets at a safe distance."

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