Lynmouth whale removal costs council almost �23,000

North Devon Council reveals break down of cost for disposing of giant cetacean.

The bill for removing a dead whale washed up at Lynmouth in August totalled almost �23,000, North Devon Council has revealed.

The 59 foot long juvenile fin whale caused a stir when it was discovered at the seaside village and its removal proved to be a fairly major operation.

The carcase was first towed to a location on the Taw estuary by marine contractors KML Keynor Morlift Ltd, before the massive cargo was loaded on to long loader and taken to Fromevale Disposal, a specialist rendering facility in Dorset.

The total bill from KML came to �15,924.50, which included towage, boat transport, crane hire and site clean up. The Fromevale bill weighed in at �6,890.80. As local authority, the cost of removal fell to North Devon Council.

It was hoped the whale jaw and other bones could be preserved for display in Lynmouth Pavilion.

Wildlife vets have suggested the young female whale died of starvation and possible infection. An endangered species, fin whales are among the largest of the whale species and can grow to lengths of more than 85 feet.

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