Dead sperm whale moved from Skegness beach

The carcass of a dead whale which washed up on a beach in Skegness, Lincolnshire has been removed.

The sperm whale, which had a large gash in its side, had already died before being washed ashore on Saturday.

East Lindsey District Council said the creature's body, estimated to weigh 30 tonnes, was lifted on to a low-loader lorry and taken away overnight.

The whale, which measured about 50ft (15m), had attracted a steady stream of interested visitors since its arrival.

The council had covered it in sand to help minimise the smell.

East Lindsey District Council's neighbourhoods manager Victoria Burgess, who watched the whale's removal, said: "It's really sad, we've removed it from its tomb and are taking it to its final disposal point.

"At least it's moved in one piece because the one thing I was most concerned about was that it was going to be in bits, not a nice end for such a creature."

The authority had to obtain an emergency licence from the Marine Management Organisation before it could proceed with the removal.

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