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Where's whaley? MAMMAL VANISHES.

Byline: KIERAN DUNNE

VOLUNTEERS have appealed for information after a rare whale washed up on a beach - and then vanished.

Reports that a Narwhal got stranded in Irish waters for the first time are being investigated by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

It is trying to trace photos of the carcass following sightings of the 1.8 tonne sea creature at a beach near Liscannor Bay, Co Clare.

IWDG expert Padraig Whooley said: "We've recorded over 2,500 strandings since records began and this Arctic vagrant has never been recorded in Ireland."

The conservation group is appealing to the public to come forward if they saw the rare species during its stranding after it was spotted last month.

Local man Max Halliday came across the carcass while out walking near the beach.

He added: "It had no tail but what caught my eye was that it was around 15ft long.

"The west end [of the whale] was like this twisted spike."

But by the time the IWDG arrived on the scene all that was left was a grease stain.

Mr Whooley said: "It's really hard to imagine this being anything else.

"And given the couple of days the whale was stranded there should be dozens of people with photos." IWDG's Mick O'Connell added the huge creature could just have been brought back out to sea with the tides.

He said: "Sometimes something comes in and in a few days it can just disappear."

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SOMETHING FISHY Image of a Narwhal similar to the one reported stranded in Co Clare
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2012
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