Sad end as whale is removed from Hunstanton beach
PUBLISHED: 09:55 30 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 30 January 2016
© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2016
It hardly seemed a fitting end for such a magnificent creature.
Cut up into chunks of bone and blubber, the whale which washed up on Hunstanton beach a week ago was unceremoniously loaded into skip lorries, before being taken away to be incinerated.
Thousands flocked to see the creature, one of five which washed up on the east coast last weekend.
But officials feared that they would become a health hazard as they decomposed.
At low tide yesterday afternoon, the lorries made their way down to the beach near the lighthouse, where the whale had come to rest.
A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: “Contractors are now removing the whale from Hun- stanton beach and it is hoped that this task will be finished in the next few hours.
“The remains of the whale will be transported to an out-of-county licensed animal incineration facility.
“The council is urging people to stay away from that area of the beach, as the job of removing the whale is not a pleasant sight and its advanced state of decomposition means there is a foul stench in the air.
“The costs of removing and disposing of the whale are still being added up, but they are likely to total several thousand pounds.”
The creature was one of a number seen swimming off the resort last Friday afternoon.
It died despite efforts to save it after becoming beached on rocks. The following day, three more whales washed up on the other side of The Wash.
Those three whales have also been removed from the beach at Skegness, along with a fourth whale which washed up on a firing range at Wainfleet in Lincolnshire and taken to landfill.
Did you travel to see the beached whales? Email chris.bishop@archant. co.uk