A dead humpback whale that was nine metres long has washed up on a beach in Scotland.
The juvenile whale appears to have died just a few hours before it was found on the beach at John Muir Country Park, Dunbar, East Lothian.
No cause of death has been established but signs suggested it had been entangled in rope before it died.
Walkers have been told to avoid the whale, until it is removed from the beach later on Tuesday.
It may be taken elsewhere for a post-mortem examination to be carried out.
A spokesman for East Lothian Council said: “It is nine metres long and considered to be a juvenile at that length.
“We don’t know the cause of death.
“It may well be towed to another site and possibly a post-mortem examination will be carried out.
“The level of decomposition is slight, it is considered to be relatively fresh so it probably died within the last two hours or so.
Unfortunately there is a dead humpback whale at Tyninghame. Whilst we appreciate people are interested to see it we do ask that you stay back from the carcass for health and safety reasons. We are aiming to remove it from the beach later this evening. pic.twitter.com/wya4INmRlR— ELC Countryside Rangers (@ELCrangers) April 23, 2019
“There was a whale spotted in the Firth of Forth near Fife that appeared to have a buoy tangled up.
“This one appeared to have been tangled with some ropes.”
A post on the East Lothian Council Rangers Twitter page said: “Unfortunately a dead humpback whale has washed up at John Muir Country Park, Dunbar.
“Arrangements are being made to remove the whale and people are being advised to keep their distance from the site.”