Three-tonne whale cleared from Selsey beach

The three tonne minke whale carcass was found on Saturday near the Bunn Leisure caravan park. The area has also been thoroughly cleaned by the council to make sure it is safe for beach users.

The three tonne minke whale carcass was found on Saturday near the Bunn Leisure caravan park. The area has also been thoroughly cleaned by the council to make sure it is safe for beach users.

Marine experts think the whale may have been dead at sea for at least a week before it washed up on the beach. It had been decapitated while at sea, however it is not known whether this happened after death.

A microbiologist from British Divers Marine Life Rescue took measurements and other statistical data about the whale. The Natural History Museum in London has been made aware of the death.

The council’s foreshore team managed the area until the carcass could be removed.

Minke whales are native to the Pacific Ocean. Adult minke whales can grow over 30ft and can live for up to 60 years. Adults can weigh up to 14 tonnes.

Minke whales tend to be solitary, although they are sometimes seen in pairs or small groups of four or six. They feed mainly on krill, or small schooling fish such as cod, herring or pollock.