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Whale carcass washes up on Felixstowe beach

Coastguard at beach Image copyright Alan Boyle/Everything Felixstowe & Beyond
Image caption The coastguard rescue team was called to reports of a whale at Felixstowe beach at 09:00 GMT

The carcass of a whale has washed up on a beach in Suffolk.

The Felixstowe coastguard rescue team was called to reports of a whale at 09:00 GMT and officers remain at the town's beach.

Alan Boyle, who saw the carcass on the seafront, said the coastguard told him it was "probably hit by a ship".

Mr Boyle said the whale was about six or seven metres in length and looked like it had been "dead for a long time".

"The main coastguard said it was probably hit by a ship as the area is a big shipping lane," he added.

In 2017, the carcass of a 30ft (9m) dead fin whale had to be removed after it washed up on the beach.

Image copyright Mark Murphy
Image caption Alan Boyle said it looked like the whale had been "dead for a long time"

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