Twelve-meter-long whale sperm saw on yesterday a remote Scottish beach.
The huge animal was first seen by a dog walking on the shore between Monifieth and Barry Buddon at 15:00 – but could not be rescued.
Heartbreaking shots have emerged from a resting place for one of the greatest nature creatures.
And visitors were warned to avoid areas that are now considered biological hazards.
The Bride Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) was named after the creation was first seen, but died when they arrived.
This happened on the Angus coastline shortly before 6pm on Wednesday.
The HM Coast Guard from Carnoustie and Arbroath was invited to help as well as the RNLI coastal lifeboat at Broughty Ferry, but volunteers eventually found that a whale identified as a 12-meter long sperm whale experts on the spot had died.
Teams last night appeared in the dark to try to secure the place and warn members of the public to visit the beach for their own safety.
Whale in the wrong area
Paul Smith, the local coordinator of the BDMLR, revealed that the initial observations were made about half an hour’s walk.
He confirmed that the whale did not survive
That was announced only later, but of course we reacted with our team and we found out that he was subsequently dead, “he said.
“We’re just looking for a moment on the beach to see if it’s just one animal, and it’s possible that things will appear on Thursday morning.
“We keep an open mind, but the moment it is confirmed as one.”
The whales are regularly found in the waters of the east coast, but Mr. Smith admitted that there is no common whale of this size in Tay.
“We are gaining a lot of animals and many of these whales pass through all these waters and migratory paths,” he added.”But it is unusual for a large whale to visit Tay as they are – they will pass, but it is not so often when they come.
The problem with sperm whales is that it’s a bad species in the wrong area.
“The East Coast is not doing well.” They should be on the West Coast and there is nothing to eat, so she is more than likely to suffer dehydration or starvation and suspect. It could also be bad, but we do not know until we do the analyzing.
The first light is expected to return to the beach, but Mr. Smith warned people to stay away.
“We do not want anyone down because it’s a biological threat now,” he said.
“It’s going to get worse – you can get lots of ugly diseases from these animals, so we do not want anyone down there.”