Dead whale to be moved from Skegness

A dead whale which washed up on the beach in Skegness is expected to be removed over the next few days.

The sperm whale has a large gash on its side and had already died before being washed ashore on Saturday.

Officials hope the whale can be rolled onto a vehicle and taken away, to avoid cutting it up on the beach.

East Lindsey District Council is waiting for Defra to grant a licence for the whale to be moved, which can take up to 24 hours.

Spokesman James Gilbert said: "We are always prepared for things like this and we are doing it as quickly as we possibly can.

Image caption The whale had a large gash on its side

"Back in 2006 there were two bottlenose whales whales washed up alive, and they were refloated but sadly came back. That was really sad."

Another sperm whale washed up on the beach in 2007 but was larger than the recent one.

Mr Gilbert estimated that the whale was about 50ft (15m) long and weighed about 30 tonnes.

"This one is not a fully mature whale," he said.

People gathered at the scene said the whale had begun to smell.

It was covered with sand while officials waited for permission to remove it.

The district council and Lincolnshire County Council are considering a number of possible locations to dispose of the whale.

The one washed up in 2007 was sent to landfill.

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