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New burial planned as dead whale rises from grave on Barrow beach

NO, you’re not seeing things – Barrow’s biggest beached whale for a number of years has risen from its grave.

While early eye-witness reports speculated whether this badly-decomposed 8.3m-long carcass near Roanhead car park was a different whale, the National Trust has confirmed it is the same one that washed up further down the beach last month. Heavy storms last weekend pulled the minke from its original burial site, where it was dug down into the sand at the end of July.

Neil Forbes, a ranger with the National Trust, which is responsible for that part of Barrow’s coastline, said: “We became aware of it on Monday but, because of the high tide, there is nothing we can do until the middle of next week.

“It’s actually washed up in a better place now where it should be easier to dig down a bit deeper and, fingers crossed, this does the trick.”

The whale is now roped off and notices are in place at the Roanhead car park warning the public to stay away from the rotting mammal.

The National Trust is covering the cost of the reburial.

Have your say

Roanhead is in Barrow!

Posted by TF on 20 August 2014 at 17:38

It not fair leaving the whale like that on the beach if that was a dog or any other animal national trust would of done something about it they have funds to sort this out and be done with

Posted by dave on 19 August 2014 at 21:19

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