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Body of 43ft, 20-tonne Whale Removed After it Washed Ashore On Northern Irish Beach

Have you ever seen a whale? Well, I haven't! But if we were present in northern Ireland a little time earlier, then maybe, we'd have been lucky enough to spot one! How, you ask? Well, a huge 43 feet, 2- tonne whale was washed ashore on a northern Ireland beach, and the six-hour long operation that it took officials to mount it and move it is something worth knowing about! Check it out!

Body of 43ft, 20-tonne Whale Removed After it Washed Ashore On Northern Irish Beach

Body of 43ft, 20-tonne Whale Removed After it Washed Ashore On Northern Irish Beach

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Heave!

Heave!

Contractors worked late last night to remove the giant whale that had washed up on Portstewart beach in County Londonderry.

Heavy as it gets!

Heavy as it gets!

Three diggers were required to lift the 20-tonne marine mammal onto a lorry after she was found on the beach in Northern Ireland.

Heavy duty

Heavy duty

She was the third Sei whale to have washed ashore in Ireland in the last eight years, and is believed to have died of old age.

Power to the engine!

Power to the engine!

The Department of the Environment said last night's operation required three diggers to lift the whale onto a low loader lorry.

Flocking seagulls

Flocking seagulls

Seagulls flock over the whale after it washed ashore. The large red balloon shape is the whale's tongue which had blown up.

Rising stats; Falling hopes

Rising stats; Falling hopes

Prior to 2005, there were 14 Sei whales stranded around the British coast in 100 years, but there have now been three in eight years.

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