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Whale has been removed from Holkham Beach

PUBLISHED: 09:20 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:55 27 October 2016

Scientists examine the whale washed up on the beach at Holkham. Picture: Ian Burt

Scientists examine the whale washed up on the beach at Holkham. Picture: Ian Burt

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Contractors cut up the 40ft fin whale this morning, before loading it onto a lorry for the journey to a specialist plant in Lincolnshire for disposal.

A spokesman for Natural England, which manages the Holkham National Nature Reserve in partnership with the Holkham Estate, said work was completed this morning.

Scientists from the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme carried out a post mortem after the whale washed up last Thursday.

They believe it died of complications from a spinal injury, which prevented it from feeding.

Its death is not being linked to the stranding of six sperm whales around The Wash earlier this year.

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