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Earlier this month, in East Lothian, Scotland, a humpback whale was found dead on the beach. The whale was a juvenile and tangled in a rope which is presumed to have caused its death.
A crew of locals in a lifeboat moved the whale further down the coast. Then, a local farmer helped to move it to a beach site with their tractor. The Scottish marine Animal Stranding Scheme was able to perform a post-mortem on the animal on the remote beach location.
The whale was moved to the remote beach site to keep people away from the body.
The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme works to collect data from stranded marine animals, including whales, turtles, and seals.
According to a representative for the East Lothian Council, Jill Mackay, “It was found on Tuesday morning and by the level of decomposition, it had died relatively recently-either Monday night or early Tuesday morning. It was nine meters long so it was considered a juvenile whale.”
Based on recent sightings, it appeared that the whale had been in the area for several weeks. A few weeks earlier, it was spotted with a marine buoy attached to it, so it had been battling this entanglement for quite some time.
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