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Whale washed up on beach had been dead for some time

The large humpback whale was washed on to the beach at Blyth, Northumberland.

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A dead whale washed up on the beach at Blyth in Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

A dead whale washed up on the beach at Blyth in Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

A dead whale washed up on the beach at Blyth in Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

A humpback whale washed up on a North Sea beach appears to have been dead for some time.

Coastguards began to get reports of a beached whale on Blyth Beach, in Northumberland, on Friday.

The whale, thought to be about 11m (36ft) long, was already dead and the coastguard cordoned off an area around it as people watched from a distance, some taking photographs.

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Members of the coastguard measure the whale (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Members of the coastguard measure the whale (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Members of the coastguard measure the whale (Owen Humphreys/PA)

A Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokesman said: “At around 7.15am today, HM Coastguard received a report of a beached whale close to the shoreline at Blyth Beach, Northumberland.

“Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team were sent to assist and report details of the incident. The receiver of wreck has also been informed.”

Whale rescue experts said it was clear the animal had been dead long before it was washed up and it was already decomposing.

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Experts said it was clear the animal had been dead long before it was washed up (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Experts said it was clear the animal had been dead long before it was washed up (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Experts said it was clear the animal had been dead long before it was washed up (Owen Humphreys/PA)

There were reports another humpback whale was spotted dead off-shore last week close to Dunstanburgh Castle, about 30 miles up the coast from Blyth.

Dunstanburgh Castle was the site of another humpback whale beaching in September 2019.

Earlier this year a 10m (32ft) sperm whale was washed up dead on the north Norfolk coast,  at Sheringham.

This was thought to be related to an incident on Christmas Eve when ten sperm whales died after becoming stranded between Withernsea and Tunstall in East Yorkshire.

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