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Dead whale carried on back of lorry.

RESIDENTS of a Scots town looked on in amazement as the body of a two-ton whale was hauled through the high street on the back of an army lorry.

Last week, the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme received reports of a live minke whale on the shore at Ardersier Bay, near Inverness.

Despite the best efforts of the British Divers' Marine Life Rescue crew, the 314st whale died after getting stuck on a beach ahead of Storm Ali battering Scotland.

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland were called in to hoist the whale on to the back of their lorry to transport the 21ft-long mammal to a lab in Inverness for an autopsy.

Researchers found that the young female showed signs of a bacterial infection and severe brain lesions.

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HEAVY LOAD Whale in transit

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 25, 2018
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