Beached Minke Whale on The Mullet

Friday last was a beautiful day up on The Mullet peninsula. I went to Caisleaán strand on the western side to spot some Barnacle Geese. What I actually found were 9 Brent plus the small matter of a beached Minke Whale.

Some farmers told me the whale had been there several days and if you compare the pictures below with those I took of another beached Minke at Enniscrone last September, here, which was less than 24 hours on the beach at the time, you can see the difference in skin discolouration. Also, both the jaw area and dorsal fin of the Caisleán whale had been buried in the sand by the time I got there.

I estimated the whale at around 9 metres long.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow 9 meters is somethin else. I found this on wiki about Minke Whales:

    “Upon reaching sexual maturity (6–8 years of age), males measure an average of 6.9 meters (23 ft) and females 7.4 meters (24 ft) in length, respectively.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minke_whale

    So 9m is not to be messed with. Still find it sad to see these beautiful creatures dead on a beach.

  2. Hi, yes indeed. The official length was put at 8.7 m !

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