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Whale remains wash ashore

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

BEACHED: The remains of a whale found at Putsborough.    Picture: Martin Webber.

BEACHED: The remains of a whale found at Putsborough. Picture: Martin Webber.

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THE remains of a dead whale were discovered on Putsborough beach at the weekend.

Swansea coast guards were alerted after a member of the public discovered the remains which included part of a whale's backbone, rib and tailbone. It is thought the whale would have been between 15 and 20 feet in length.

A search and rescue team from Croyde were sent to assess the situation shortly after 12.30pm.

The normal procedure would be for the Natural History Museum to assess the remains but a Swansea coastguard spokesman said the remains were so badly decomposed they may not do so in this case.

People took to Twitter to share news of the discovery. Rachel Carter wrote: "Just been down to see the dead whale carcass on Putsborough beach. Fascinating. Pongy."

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