Dead minke whale found washed up on Scarborough beach

The minke whale washed up just south of Holbeck in Scarborough's South Bay. Picture by Neil Silk 132834e
The minke whale washed up just south of Holbeck in Scarborough's South Bay. Picture by Neil Silk 132834e

A dead minke whale has been discovered washed up on the beach in South Bay.

A team from Scarborough Sea Life centre is currently at the scene, just south of Holbeck, trying to determine how the 27ft whale died.

It comes after a crew aboard the Regal Lady reported sightings of what they believed to be a dead whale near the outflow pipe in North Bay yesterday.

A spokesperson from Scarborough Council said: “We can confirm that a dead whale has been washed up on the shore just south of the Holbeck slipway in Scarborough.

“Our officers will be putting up a cordon around the whale this afternoon and arrangements are currently being made in conjunction with the RSPCA to remove the whale from the shoreline tomorrow.”

Minke whales are found in the North Sea and, although they prefer shallow waters, are usually seen well offshore.