dead minke whale

A dead minke whale on Ynyslas beach in Ceredigion, Wales
A dead minke whale on Ynyslas beach in Ceredigion

A dead 15ft long whale washed up on a West Wales beach on Christmas morning.

The body of the cetacean, believed to be a Minke whale, was discovered on the sands at Ynyslas, near to Aberdyfi and eight miles north of Aberystwyth, in Ceredigion .

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: "We had reports about a whale washed up on shore on Christmas Day, however due to the bad weather we were unable to remove it

"If the whale had been alive the situation might have been different, but as I understand it the carcass is pretty badly decomposed.

"Someone will be going down to have a look at it today.

"They take samples for analysis, measure it and sometimes they would take away the lower jaw to perform a bit of an autopsy.

"We do get whales washed up from time to time, but I wouldn't say it is a common occurrence."