On Christmas day, a whale was washed ashore on a Wales beach. Its body could pose a health risk, and the Coastguard has cautioned people to stay away from it. Thought to be a Minke whale, the dead animal was washed ashore at Dyfi Ynyslas National Nature Reserve.
The animal was discovered on the sands at Ynyslas, nearby Aberdyfi and 8 miles north of Aberystwyth, in Ceredigion.
The decomposed whale could pose a health hazard to whosoever touches it. A biohazard marker has been placed to caution members of the public regarding getting too close. The efforts taken for safe removal of the decomposed carcass have been hampered by bad weather conditions.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard said, “We had reports about a whale washed up on shore on Christmas Day, however due to the bad weather we were unable to remove it. If the whale had been alive the situation might have been different, but as I understand it the carcass is pretty badly decomposed”.
The spokesman said that somebody will go down to have a look at it, and some samples of the animal will be taken for analysis. He said that whales get washed up from time to time, but it can’t be called a common occurrence.
Wales Online has reported that Minke whales belong to the rorquals, a family, including the humpback whale, the fin whale, the Bryde’s whale, the sei whale and the blue whale.