A giant whale carcass washed up on the shores of Donegal

The carcass of a fin whale has washed up on the shores of Arranmore Island in Donegal last night. The whale is over 20 meters long!

The photos were first posted by the Arranmore Blue Ferry Facebook page and depict images of what appears to be a Fin whale. The whale appears to have been dead for some time as it has changed from it's natural colour of grey to white - writes buzz.ie.

It more than likely died out at sea and then was pushed up on the shores by the tide. The fin whale is the second largest whale species on Earth and can grow to lengths of up to 22 meters long, compared to the Blue whale which can grow up to 29 meters long.

The Fin whale is considered to be threatened and it is sad to see one washed up on our shores. As David Attenborough pointed out in Blue Planet II on Sunday, a carcass like this can provide food for hundreds of different ecosystems as it sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor.

Whale carcasses are very hard to remove so it will more than likely be pushed back out into the ocean.

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