South Scotland

Dead whale washed up in Wigtown Bay

Image caption The fin whale was discovered at Wigtown Bay, near Carsluith

A 60-foot whale found washed up on the Solway coast has been buried close to where it died.

The carcass of the male Finn Whale was examined by experts from the Scottish Marine Animals Strandings Unit.

Investigators took samples to try to establish if was diseased. The mammal was underweight and that may have been why it sought shelter in the shallow water of Wigtown Bay.

Investigators said the cause of death was probably drowning.

Dumfries and Galloway Council staff were among those helping to deal with the incident at the bay near Carsluith.

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