There are fears that two whales and a dolphin washed up on one of Ireland’s most scenic beaches could self-combust and cause a huge stink unless they are removed.
The two large Cuvier beaker whales and smaller dolphin were washed up on Tra Mor beach in Dunfanaghy more than a week ago.
The stunning beach was last week named as one of Ireland’s top ten best beaches by the Lonely Planet tourism guide.
It is not yet known how the whales, which measure up to 12 feet long, died.
However, local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said the whales must either be buried or removed from the beach quickly.
He said there are fears the whales could fill with gases and explode not to mention send off a serious odour and by products across the beach.
He said “Something has to be done about this situation. It is a week since they turned up on the beach and locals have genuine fears.
“They are not going to wash back out to sea naturally and the situation is only going to get worse.
“If they are left here they will either fill with gases and become a danger or continue to rot and stink the beach up. They will become a health hazard to the public.”
Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig, who has visited the scene of the beaching, said the whales could be buried or removed altogether.
“The whales can be buried but that will take a license but it can be done. The beach is quite inaccessible but I do not think reaching them with machinery is out of the question.
“I do know that we can’t just ignore them and the council will have to make up its mind on the matter.”
A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said they are aware of the situation and are assessing their options.
“There are two whales and a dolphin washed up on Tra Mor, Dunfanaghy. Access to this beach is very challenging so we are currently considering best options in consultation with the local landowners, NPWS, and other agencies.
“We appreciate the support of members of the public in staying a safe distance from the animals while we make the necessary arrangements.”