A whale has washed up dead on the beach of a popular seaside town after floating in the water for days.
Eyewitnesses said the large mammal, thought to be a minke whale, washed up on the beach at Wemyss Bay, Inverclyde, on Friday morning.
Clyde Coastguard said the whale had been floating around in the River Clyde for several days.
Kirsteen Clements, a student from Largs, North Ayrshire, described the slow death of the creature, saying: "It is about six feet long. The tide has been coming over it and it is not moving. It is a very sad sight."
Minke whales, the second smallest breed of baleen whale, are commonly found in shoreline waters but prefer the open sea.
A spokeswoman for Clyde Coastguard said: "We can confirm that a whale has washed up on the shore at Wemyss Bay today.
"It is definitely dead and we are not sure of its specific breed so can't confirm that it's definitely a minke whale.
"It has been floating around in the water for a few days now, but was finally washed up onto the shore today. It will be the responsibility of the local council to remove it."
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