WHALE LATEST: Public urged to take care around Hunstanton whale carcass

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People are being urged to keep their distance from the sperm whale which died after becoming beached at Hunstanton yesterday.

West Norfolk Council officials say they are advising the owner of the land where the animal was washed up yesterday morning.

It is understood the whale beached on part of the Le Strange estate and the landowner is in discussions with the relevant agencies about disposing of the carcass.

However, in a statement issued a short time ago, the council issued the following advice to people intending to visit the scene:

n Do not touch the whale or allow dogs to come into contact with it

n Shellfish in this area must not be collected for personal consumption

n Water sports enthusiasts including bathers should be aware that water quality could be affected. If you become unwell after using the water please seek medical advice.

The authority also said visitors should check high tide times and anyone attempting to remove parts of the whale may be committing an offence under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.

The council added: “We will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further advice if necessary.”

A post-mortem examination is due to take place today.