Thirty-tonne dead whale buried at landfill site

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The fin whale washed up on a Lewis beach

A dead whale measuring about 16m (52ft) long and weighing more than 30 tonnes has been buried at a landfill site.

The animal is believed to be a fin whale - the second largest mammal after the blue whale.

It washed up on a beach at Uig on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles earlier this week.

Local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said the whale was removed to a landfill site at Bennadrove.

Image source, Morris Macleod
Image caption,
Two excavators were needed to move the whale

Fin whales can grow to up to 27m (88ft) in length and dive to depths of more than 200m (656ft) to catch fish and krill.

Sightings of the whales around Scotland are rare.

In 2018, an adult and a juvenile fin whale were spotted in the Kessock Channel at Inverness.