Skegness sperm whale removal costs taxpayer £26,000
The cost to the taxpayer for the disposal of three whale carcasses washed up on the east coast was £26,000, it has emerged.
The whales were found on the Lincolnshire coast - two at Gibraltar Point and another in nearby Skegness.
The operation to remove the animals took more than six hours and involved a team of 14 workers.
East Lindsey District Council said they were taken away and "melted down", not sent to landfill as previously stated.
James Gilbert, from the authority, said the 30 tonne animals were taken to a rendering plant, where the carcasses were recycled.
He said the operation was carried out with "the greatest of respect" and had been "incredibly sad".
"From talking to people in Skegness I think it has really touched the community," he added.
The sperm whales are believed to be from a pod spotted off the Norfolk coast.
Prior to the Skegness find, a whale washed up on a beach in Norfolk.
Another was later found on the site of a former bombing range near Wainfleet in Lincolnshire.