Body of whale which died in Norfolk river has been buried
PUBLISHED: 15:14 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:14 01 July 2018
The body of a whale which stranded itself and died in the Great Ouse in King’s Lynn has been buried.
The juvenile fin whale, which was about 35ft in length and weighed around eight tonnes, was first spotted in the river on Thursday morning.
Despite the efforts of King’s Lynn Conservancy Board, who tried to encourage the whale back out to sea, it died on Friday.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the whale was taken onto land it agency owns south of the town.
They added: “We liaised with the Institute of Zoology, who did an investigation of the carcass and took samples to try to establish the cause of death and the reason why it stranded itself
“Once they had finished on Saturday evening EA staff dug a hole about 35ft deep and buried the whale.”