Lynmouth whale may become museum artefact

Remains of ocean giant could become key feature of a revamped Lynmouth Pavilion

THE bones of a giant whale washed up on a North Devon beach could become a museum exhibit in the seaside village that became its final resting place.

The 59ft fin whale, discovered by a holidaymaker at Lynmouth on Tuesday morning, is being transported to a specialist rendering facility in Dorset where it will be cut up.

North Devon Council has assumed responsibility for the removal and disposal of the carcass.

The council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Rodney Cann, said it was hoped that the bones could be preserved to put on display in Lynmouth.

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He said: “The whale carcass is being moved to a secure location the Taw estuary where it will be landed and loaded onto low-loader vehicle and taken to a specialist facility out of county.

“Hopefully the bones can be preserved and put on display as part of the future redevelopment of Lynmouth Pavilion.”

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Initial findings by marine experts suggest the young female whale died of starvation and possible infection.

Dr Paul Jepson, wildlife vet at the Zoological Society of London, said the animal was well preserved, indicating that it had only been dead for perhaps a day or so.

“It had clearly not fed for some time and was in an emaciated condition,” he said.

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