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Moment 50ft whale beached at Seasalter brought to shore at Port of Sheerness before being taken away for disposal

24 February 2014
by Bess Browning

This is the moment a 50ft sperm whale beached off the coast of Seasalter was brought to shore.

Disposal has been brought forward to today after tests were carried out by the Zoological Society over the weekend.

The huge mammal is expected to be taken to landfill or incinerated by contractors today.

The whale was brought to the Port of Sheppey

The whale at the Port of Sheppey after being brought ashore

The Medway Otter, a 50ft steel workboat, was used to tow the whale back to the Lower Camber in Sheerness Port on Friday afternoon.

Dave Redwood, marine services manager at Peel Ports Medway, said: "Thankfully, all went to plan and the Zoological Society were on site on Saturday and again this morning taking samples.

"Disposal has been brought forward and the contractors will be coming in today."

The huge sperm whale as seen from Seasalter. Picture Mike Gould

The huge sperm whale as seen from Seasalter. Picture: Mike Gould

Becky Austin, the deputy Receiver of Wreck, said experts have taken samples from the whale to establish how it died.

However, she said a full autopsy is unlikely to be carried out.

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