Floating dead whale destroyed off Portland
A dead whale spotted floating in the sea off the Dorset Coast has been destroyed.
The remains of a type of baleen whale had been seen off Portland on Friday, sparking a navigation warning by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to alert passing shipping.
The agency said the carcass did not wash ashore and was destroyed at sea.
A Dorset Wildlife Trust spokeswoman said such large predators tended to follow sources of food.
Baleen whales have hundreds of plates in their upper jaw, which act as a strainer as they feed. Fin or Minke whales are both types of baleen whales.