A series of graphic pictures have been released showing experts carrying out a post-mortem on a beached whale.
Marine experts were unable to save the young female due to its size and because it had been out of the water for too long.
But a two-day post-mortem on the seven-tonne whale has now taken place.>The images from the the ZSL Insitute of Zoology show its team from its Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) conducting the tests.
The whale, which was described as 'in-tact' upon arrival first had its blubber layer removed to enable visceral organ examinations to take place.>Experts then began examining its organs and were surprised to discover it was a female.
The investigation is taking place to establish how the young whale died and then the operation to remove her body will begin.>It is important to deal with the body before it begins to decompose - which can be unpleasant and there have also been occasions when the gases cause beached whales to explode.