– Jackie Graham, Fishery biologist with the Galloway Fishery Trust
"I was going to my work when I saw it and went down to see. It’s huge and we estimated it at around 17 metres.
“People here think it's a Minke whale but it seems pretty big. We are not involved with such mammals but we concentrate on fresh water fish.”
There were reports that the whale may have been one of many spotted in the area over the past few days, however it is the only one to be found washed up.
A similar sized whale was found on the Borgue coast near Kirkcudbright in 2006.
– Coastguard spokesman
"We have to arrange for a full report into the type of whale it is and it’s condition and how it died and got there.
“It belongs to the Queen and the British Natural History officials in London have to take measurements and carry out an inspection and try and find out how it died, before it can be removed.”