ON AIR DAVE GOULDEN

Little Mix: Shout Out To Me ExiTunes

Wessex FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01305 250333

Rare Whale Washes Up At Purbeck

Baleen whale near Rope Lake Head by Ilay Cooper (12)

9:18am 3rd November 2012
(Updated 9:22am 3rd November 2012)

There's been a shock discovery off the Dorset Coast.

A rare fin whale has been found washed ashore near Rope Lake Head on Purbeck.

Dorset Wildlife Trust experts say the angle of the whale makes it hard to identify, but it's believed to be a young male baleen (filter feeding) whale Balaenoptera physalus - the second largest whale in the world.

Baleen whale near Rope Lake Head by Ilay Cooper (12)


Although the dead marine giant was just a baby it measured 44 foot in length.

If confirmed it'll be the first time a fin whale has been reported dead or alive in Dorset.

It was found by a local resident who was walking along the shore at low tide last week.

Dorset Wildlife Trust's Marine Conservation Officer, Emma Rance, said: "Whilst it is a sad sight and there doesn't appear to be any obvious signs of how it died, it is always interesting to have the chance to see such giants.  However, it's important to remember that all whales and dolphins carry transmissible disease and infections and can pose a health risk when dead or alive so please keep your distance. Rope Lake Head can also be difficult to access with the added risk of being cut off by the tide and unexpected cliff falls."

 (Photo thanks to Ilay Cooper)

Sign up for the latest local news direct to your inbox


Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
brewery square clock

brewery square clock

The Wessex Word

See the latest wrong guesses and win cash!

The Bun Run

Request the cakes for your workplace!

Book Your Table

For sales in January and March

Free Fuel Friday

Find out how to get your car sticker

Dorset Webcams

Take a look around our beautiful county

Book our Disco

Have DJ Owen at your party or celebration!

Meeting Room Hire

Come to Wessex FM for your meeting or conference

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.