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The 13-metre whale carcass has attracted thousands of onlookers to Omey Island in Co Galway.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the sperm whale was found beached with a broken lower jaw and shed of its skin.
The whale carcass was towed out to sea west of High Island on Thursday after being deemed too large to bury on land.
"Chances are it died offshore and got washed in with the wind," said Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG).
The IWDG added that such strandings were relatively common, although as reported on Afloat.ie last year there has been growing concern over the rising number of dolphin deaths along the south coast in particular.
#MARINE WILDLIFE - The Irish Independent reports on the carcass of a whale that was strewn on a beach in Co Sligo after it was swept into rocks by Monday's gale-force winds.
The 13-metre fin whale had been seen recently on a number of occasions in Lough Hyne, a saltwater lake near Baltimore in Co Cork.
On Monday it was spotted at Raughley in the north of Sligo, where it was found beached by Jimmy and Viera Stupakova after the treacherous conditions of the early part of this week.
The find marks the fifth recorded stranding of the species in Irish waters, and the first validated record of a fin whale in Co Sligo, according to OutdoorCommunity.ie.
It is not yet clear how the juvenile met its end, though initial investigations point to the whale not being long dead.
The Irish Independent has more on the story, including video, HERE.