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Whale, believed to be minke species, remains on Heacham Beach




A 30ft whale remains on a West Norfolk beach after being found yesterday morning.

The whale is believed to be a minke and is currently on Heacham Beach.

Hunstanton Coastguard Rescue Team warned people to stay away from the mammal.

The minke whale on Heacham Beach
The minke whale on Heacham Beach

A social media post said: "If you see this mammal on the beach after the tide has gone out please keep all dogs, children and yourselves well away from it."

The coastguard service were made aware of the whale yesterday (Sunday) around 11am and stated they were waiting for low tide before clearing the mammal.

It was cordoned off before the tide had covered the whale.

The whale this morning (Monday, December 9)
The whale this morning (Monday, December 9)

According to The Wildlife Trust, the minke whale is the UK's smallest whale.

The trust also states this species of whale has a fragrant breath which means they are sometimes referred to as "Stinky Minkes".

In terms of conservation status, the trust state the species is considered of 'Least Concern' on the (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.



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