Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Whale still beached in Connemara

The body of a large sperm whale could remain on a beach in Connemara into the weekend, according to Galway County Council.

Senior engineers travelled to the beach at Omey Island on Monday to survey the remains and examine possible solutions for disposing of the body but Senior Executive Engineer Tony McInerney confirmed to the Galway Independent this week that no plans has been finalised for the removal of the mammal.

“I am hoping to head out there myself tomorrow (Wednesday) but, to be honest, it’s not causing an obstruction or anything so it’s not at the top of our priority list. There are a few options open to us for disposing of the remains, so we are looking at those and hope to make a decision later in the week,” he said.

Hundreds of people have flocked to the West Connemara beach to view the whale since it was beached last week. However, some have gone even further to gain a memento of the event and the teeth of the mammal were removed after nightfall at the weekend.

It is understood that the council are currently considering cutting the carcass into smaller pieces before sending it out to sea or alternatively burying the remains on the beach and leaving it to decompose naturally.

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