The carcass of a 45ft whale that washed up at Kilfarrasy was buried on the beach earlier this morning.
A spokesperson for Waterford City and County Council stated that plant machinery was required to dig a hole deep enough to ensure the remains of the Baleen whale wouldn’t be uncovered by tides.
The whale was discovered on Thursday afternoon last by Ann Nolan, a member of Tramore Eco Group. She said the decomposing remains were a “sight to behold”.
Mick O’Connell of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said over 250 stranded cetaceans are recorded per year. These include mostly smaller dolphins and also whales. “Like this one, 90% die at sea and get washed ashore,” he said.