Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Photos: Whale remains wash up on Putsborough beach

10:11 04 February 2013

The whale remains found on Putsborough beach. Pic: Holidays in Croyde

The whale remains found on Putsborough beach. Pic: Holidays in Croyde


The badly decomposed whale carcass includes a backbone, part of a rib and tailbone.

The whale carcass. Pic: Teresa Kirk.The whale carcass. Pic: Teresa Kirk.

THE remains of a whale carcass were found on Putsborough beach over the weekend.

The badly decomposed carcass was discovered by a member of the public on Saturday.

It is believed the remains include a backbone, rib and tailbone and is currently still on the beach.

Members of the public took to social media to post photos of the whale remains, describing the carcass as ‘stinky’.

But it is not the first time a marine mammal’s carcass has washed up on a North Devon beach.

In August 2011, a 59ft fin whale washed up on Lynmouth beach and was removed by North Devon District Council.

A spokesman for the council confirmed she did not believe the carcass discovered this weekend would be removed by the local authority as it was on a private beach.

Have you spotted the whale remains? Email your photos to or tweet us @northdevon24

Related articles


Other News Stories

The proposed hotel in Westward Ho!

Planning inspector overturns Torridge District Council decision to refuse ‘in principle’ plans for 15-bed ‘Whotel’

Read more
Could Eleanor Grant's song In Your Arms be a Christmas number one?

Teenage singer’s song for new animated movie about the Louisa lifeboat launch makes its bid for festive chart success

Read more
55 minutes ago
Fore Street Christmas market will be undercover this year. Picture: Sally Almond

Sunday’s event will go ahead as planned, but undercover in case of inclement weather

Read more
Plans for the lower High Street corner entrance of Green Lanes shopping centre, Barnstaple

Entrance to shopping centre could be drastically modernised if owners’ plans are given the green light

Read more
Emma Perry from Children's Hospice South West, John Cockram and Leo Cooper from North Devon Hospice. Picture: Elliot Anderton

Christmas trees have been donated to two hospices in North Devon.

Read more
Abi Calvert and Darcy Baldock at the Ilfracombe Lighting of the Lights.

‘Best crowd in years’ as thousands gather to kick off ‘combe’s Christmas

Read more
Get your panto tickets on Black Friday

Get a special Black Friday discount to see Cinderella at the Queen’s Theatre

Read more
Yesterday, 17:35
North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones

Peter Heaton-Jones says the Autumn Statement ‘kept giving good news’

Read more
Yesterday, 16:02
Is there cash for the North Devon Link Road?

North Devon will be able to bid for a share of a £475m transport pot

Read more

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas Magazine

Click here for your ultimate guide to
Christmas in North Devon

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications