Young 12ft whale is found dead on beach behind North Coates Airfield
A YOUNG whale is the latest in a string of mammals to be washed up on our shoreline.
The 12ft long whale is thought to have been beached for about two weeks on land behind North Coates Airfield, just metres away from a popular dog walking track.
It got stranded on the beach in high tide and was unable to find its way back to the sea.
And dog walkers at the spot felt a sense of sadness that the whale could not be saved.
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Ben Winson, 31, from Tetney Lock, said: "I wasn't sure what it was to begin with.
"At first it looked like a big tree trunk, but as I got closer you suddenly realise it is a whale.
"It smells really bad and it must have got stranded here because the tides are high at the moment.
"It is really interesting to see but at the same time very sad.
"It looks like someone has tried to move it back to the sea or possibly away, but failed unfortunately. I hope it gets moved soon."
When the Telegraph arrived at the scene yesterday, the carcass had attracted a lot of flies.
A piece of rope had been hooked around the fin of the mammal. There were pieces of wood nearby, possibly evidence of someone having tried to move it.
Another dog walker Angela Capindale, 60, from North Cotes, said: "It is really sad to see a mammal like this.
"It seems to be happening more often that mammals like this are being washed up.
"Something must be making them come in closer to land but I don't know what it is.
"It must have been a very high tide for it to have got this far up the beach. I haven't got too close to it myself.
"It really needs to be taken away now."
The land which the mammal is on belongs to Natural England, which was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.