The mammals are usually found deep in the ocean.
The corpse of a sperm whale has washed up on the west coast of Ireland. This is the third of its kind to be found ashore this year.
The mammal, which is 40-foot long, is normally only found deep in the ocean but was spotted twice this week on the Connemara, Co Galway coastline.
The whale was found at Mace Head, Moyrus in Connemara, Co Galway on Sunday. It is reported that it was dead before it reached the shore.
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According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), this sperm whale is the same one that was spotted earlier in the week.
“Another sperm whale was washed up yesterday, this time at Mace Head, Moyrus, near Carna in Connemara. It’s most likely the same whale reported floating by commercial fishermen fishing out of Ballyconnelly," a spokesperson told the Irish Mirror.
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Míol mór tagtha i dtír sa Leathmhás, Carna, Conamara cóngarach d'ionad taighde @Mace_Head— Máire T. Ní Mhadaoin (@MaireTNiM) March 30, 2019
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“The stranding at Mace Head was reported to the IWDG by Seamus MacDonnacha of Cill Chiaráin, and Rónán Ó Conghaile, this 40ft whale is in great condition and well worth taking a trip out to Mace Head to see.
An Leathmhás, Carna maidin inniu.— Máire T. Ní Mhadaoin (@MaireTNiM) March 31, 2019
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Míol mór - caisealóid ar na carraigeacha. Suas le 40 troigh agus 50 tonna meáchain ceaptar. @NuachtTG4 @IWDGnews pic.twitter.com/EavY2Z0jmr
“Three sperm whales washed up this year is a little unusual but nothing sinister, please report any strandings to see if this is the start of something more worrying.”
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