Work is under way to remove a dead whale that washed up on a beach in East Yorkshire.

The 55ft fin whale got into difficulties in the sea at Bridlington earlier this week and died on Tuesday.

An operation is now taking place to move the carcass away from the area, the local council said, with contractors aiming do this without having to cut up the 30-tonne mammal.

The site has become a macabre tourist attraction, with people reportedly taking selfies.

A cordon has been put in place and people are being urged to stay away from the whale for health reasons and "out of respect".

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said it was liaising with zoological experts to establish the cause of the incident.

Meanwhile in Scotland, a humpback whale that washed up at a loch in the Scottish Highlands is believed to have died after becoming entangled in creel lines.

The mammal’s carcass was discovered on a sandbank at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve earlier this week.

A spokesperson for Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme told Sky News: "It was a juvenile female humpback whale and an initial examination would indicate it died due to entanglement in creel lines."

Entanglements in fishing gear and marine debris can have both welfare and conservation impacts on marine animals, causing injury, impairment and death.

In 2021, NatureScot reported that entanglement was the largest identified cause of death due to human activity in minke and humpback whales in Scottish waters.

Responsibility for disposing of the whale will rest with Highland Council if it is less than 25ft in length.

The local authority said it will consider all suitable disposal options if required, including taking it to landfill or burying it on the beach.

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