The enormous baleen whale had been dead for about two weeks. How it died is a mystery however.
MYSTERY SURROUNDS THE circumstances which have seen a giant whale wash up dead on an island off the Donegal coast.
The enormous Baleen whale was first reported to be in the area of Arranmore Island last Friday afternoon, when Rachael Earley’s father, coxswain to the local lifeboat, was called out to investigate something floating in the water off the island coast.
“It was floating off the east of the island, and birds were picking at it,” Rachael, herself office manager with the Arranmore Island ferry, told TheJournal.ie. “That was Sunday evening.”
Rachael estimates the whale to be about 20 metres (60 feet in length).
Donegal is relatively foreign territory for the baleen whale, which is normally to be found in the more southerly waters around Ireland.
“The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group say it’s been dead for about two weeks, though we’ve no clue how,” Earley said.
“I’m not sure if anyone will be investigating what happened,” says Rachael. “We may never know.”