A 30-foot whale has washed up on a popular British beach, with authorities warning people to stay away from the dead animal.
A protective cordon has been erected around the gargantuan creature, whose species is a matter of disagreement from different bodies.
Although it was identified as a minke by the coastguard, the National History Museum believes it to be a humpback whale, the Mirror reported.
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Either way, residents in and around St Mary’s Bay, Romney Marsh, Kent, have been warned not to approach the remains, partly because of a portion of quicksand between it and the shoreline.
Investigations are under way as to how best to move the giant carcass after it was spotted by passers-by floating in the water.
Witness Paul Crawford told KentOnline: "I felt humbled to see it. But I also felt a bit of sadness. They’re such beautiful and amazing animals."
A spokesman for HM Coastguard said of the incident: "The Romney Marsh Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to an object floating on the water edge at St Marys Bay.
"Once the object had been located it was confirmed to be a deceased whale.
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"Further investigations were carried out to record statistics of the animal for future analysis. The whale was also determined to be a Minke Whale."
"Possible further investigations will take place to determine how best to remove the animal from the beach.
"In the meantime, it is strongly advised NOT to venture out to the animal due to the deep mud (otherwise known as quicksand) between the animal and the shoreline."
Last weekend a pod of 55 pilot whales died after a tragic mass stranding on a Western Isles beach, despite a huge effort to save them.
Fifteen of the mammals were alive when they purposefully washed onto Traigh Mhor beach at North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis.
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