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Gardaí are investigating the incident and the scene near Bettystown has been sealed off for forensic examination.
The grim discovery comes just hours after a body was recovered from the Avoca River, while a second person is still missing.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 10am following reports from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) that a 25ft pilot whale had beached in the area.
The lifeboat helmed by Joe May, and with crew members Emma Wilson, AJ Hughes and Laura Boylan onboard, made its way to the scene where May got into the sea and helped manoeuvre the whale back into deeper water.
Skerries RNLI then shadowed the whale guiding it out to sea, preventing it from turning back to shore by positioning the boat in its way. The lifeboat did this for about 25 minutes until the mammal was well clear of the shore.
Meanwhile, RTÉ News reports that a second whale was found dead on the beach near Mornington, north of Bettystown.
Despite initial fears that the whale was the same one rescued in the morning, it was later determined to be a different creature.