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Dead Whales Set To Be Removed From Beach

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Work has started to remove three dead whales that washed up on the Lincolnshire coast.

The sperm whales were discovered on the beach at Skegness at the weekend.

Workers moved the creatures and covered them with sand on Tuesday ahead of their removal.

Contractors began the process on Wednesday evening, and the operation could take six to eight hours.

Contractor Jan Smith said the whales will be transported to landfill sites in Didcot, Oxfordshire and Sheffield.

He said: "It will be a tricky job and I'll be glad when it's over."

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The process will see the animals rolled over, placed into a tarpaulin and lifted on to a low loader and driven away.

Fourteen people will be involved - nine banksmen, three drivers and two people overseeing the operation.

The whales are believed to be part of the same pod as others found in Hunstanton, Norfolk, and Wainfleet in Lincolnshire.

The dead animals are understood to have been part of a group of six spotted in The Wash on Friday.

They have been linked to a larger pod, some of which beached in the Netherlands and Germany.

Hundreds have been to see the whales in Skegness since they were found.

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