Urgent warning to stay away from popular beach after heartbreaking find | The Sun

BEACHGOERS have been warned to stay away from a popular bathing spot after a 27-foot whale washed up dead on the sand.

Tragic photos show the minke whale on a beach in North Yorkshire, near the seaside town of Filey.

And beachgoers have been left devastated over the find – made at the popular Reighton Sands beach just after midday on September 21.

Beach-lover Victoria Gagg spotted the animal, saying: "I was just out for a walk when I saw it. I could not believe my eyes. So sad.

“They are such wonderful and amazing animals.”

Susan Tierney, of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), said the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme had been informed.

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She added there had been a "slight increase" in whales stranding this year.

North Yorkshire Council confirmed the remains of the giant mammal, believed to weigh about five tonnes, had been removed.

The previous week, a whale, also believed to be a minke, was found dead on the shore at Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby.

In July, the body of a 30ft minke whale was found washed up on the shore of Romney Marsh in Kent.

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Two months earlier, the badly decomposed body of a minke whale was spotted on North Berwick’s West Beach by members of the public.

Humber Coastguard said it was unaware of the latest stranding.

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