Shingle Street: Body of fin whale should be removed today

THE body of a juvenile whale remained on a Suffolk beach yesterday as officials decided on the best way to dispose of the large mammal.

Suffolk Coastal District Council is hoping to remove the animal from Shingle Street today.

The 20ft fin whale became stranded on the beach on Sunday afternoon.

Officials from the Zoological Society of London’s UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme were hoping to carry out an autopsy on Tuesday, but the plan had to be abandoned because the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Responsibility for the whale has now passed to the district council, which spent yesterday moving the body further up the site and ensuring it was secure.

The delicate nature of the coastline also meant officials have to liaise with a number of other organisations.

A spokesman said: “We are pressing ahead as quickly as we can with this rather unusual operation.”