£10,000 for gruesome dead whale disposal

Whale Credit: ITV West Country

An eighteen metre-long dead whale which washed up on a beach in South Devon is being chopped up and removed.

It's thought the gruesome clear up operation will cost more than £10,000.

The giant mammal was beached at low tide at Langstone Cliff near Dawlish.

The whale washed up on Wednesday (28/9) Credit: Julien Fountain

Experts say the carcass, which is partially decomposed, is a fin whale - the second largest animal in the world.

Not your average day in the office! Credit: ITV West Country
A chainsaw and a knife were used to cut up the carcass Credit: ITV West Country

Councillor Humphrey Clemens, Teignbridge District Council:

The London Zoological Society has taken samples as part of a research project.

People who turned out to see the whale were kept back as the beach was cordoned off.

People who came to catch a glimpse were kept away from the site Credit: ITV West Country