Washed-up whale on Barrow beach is finally laid to rest under sand
Last updated at 11:26, Wednesday, 30 July 2014
A WASHED-UP dead whale which has laid on the Barrow coast for almost two weeks has finally been buried.
The 8.3-metre-long mammal has become a big talking point since it was first found on Roanhead, around a mile west of the public car park.
Many intrigued people have visited the whale to take pictures and post them on social media.
The National Trust said it was unable to safely use heavy lifting equipment on the site to move the creature and instead chose to bury the whale.
However it could potentially one day be dug up and exhibited for educational purposes.
A National Trust spokeswoman said: “The National Trust, which cares for Barrow’s Roanhead coastline, has been working with partners – including Natural England, the Environment Agency and Barrow Borough Council – to find a safe and practical method of dealing with a deceased whale that was found washed up onto the sands just over a week ago.
“Due to the soft sand that surrounds the site, heavy lifting equipment would not have been able to safely access the site.
“With agreement from public health and other agencies, the only viable option was to bury the mammal in a spot near to where it was found, but some distance from the most popular beach areas.
“Our main priority is that the beach stays as a popular, safe and pleasant environment for the people of Barrow and South Lakeland.
“A DNA sample has been taken to as certain what kind of whale it is and add to monitoring data which helps conserve the species for future generations.
“It is also hoped that eventually the whale can be excavated if a suitable location can be found to display it for educational use.”
First published at 11:25, Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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