Dead whale washed up

A dead whale which was spotted floating in the Thames Estuary is being examined after being brought to shore, the Coastguard said.

Humpback whale found off Kent

The humpback whale was spotted off the Kent coast by a passing tug Credit: Andy Jacobs

A passing tug saw the mammal, a young female humpback measuring around 36ft (11 metres) long, off the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

Local navigation warnings were issued to vessels in the area to be aware of the floating carcass before it was towed to Sheerness Docks, Thames Coastguard said.