An analysis has been carried out on a dead whale which was stranded outside Ramelton this week.
Locals discovered the huge beached creature at Aughnish on Thursday.
Many questions were raised over the species of the whale and the cause of death.
A representative of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has visited the site to carry out studies and take samples from the carcass.
They determined that the whale was a male juvenile fin whale. The body measured 16ft 8inches in length, which shows that it is a very young animal.
Some fin whales can life up to 140 years.
“Fin Whales are second largest animal on the planet can reach lengths of 27m, and one of the fastest. Reaching speeds of 30 miles an hour,” said an update from the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Facebook page.
However, the cause of death is still unknown.
The external analysis showed no sign of a cause of death. Scientific investigations are due to be carried out on samples from the whale to look at its genetic make-up and if any contaminants were present in the body.
The Donegal IWDG spokesperson said: “Remember to report standings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website. As well as sightings so we can better protect these beautiful creatures.”Tags: