WHALE UPDATE: Whales set to be removed from Skegness beach ‘sometime overnight’

Crowds of onlookers stand outside a cordon to see two sperm whales found washed up on Gibraltar Point beach, near Skegness.  Photo by Lee Swift. ANL-160124-182828001 ANL-160124-182828001
Crowds of onlookers stand outside a cordon to see two sperm whales found washed up on Gibraltar Point beach, near Skegness. Photo by Lee Swift. ANL-160124-182828001 ANL-160124-182828001
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The whales which have beached at Skegness are hoped to be moved some time overnight tonight (Wednesday).

A spokesman for East Lindsey District Council said it was ‘just putting the last few arrangements together for the contractors to remove the whales’.

Sperm whales washed up on Skegness beach.

Sperm whales washed up on Skegness beach.

The man in charge of the operation Jan Smith earlier spoke to Look North where he told the reporter there would be three lowloaders and the whales would be manouvered onto them with a ‘360’ and bulldozer.

On the timing of the removal, he said: “From a health and safety point of view and public hygiene we just think it would be far easier to do it at night when there’s not a lot of people about.”

He called it a ‘fairly tricky job’ due to the difficulty in manouvering the animals without further damaging the bodies with each whale weighing in at about 30 tonnes.

Mr Smith and his team were last called on in 2012 when another whale beached at the resort.