‘Whale’ washes up on beach at Eastney

UNIDENTIFIED object on Eastney beach
UNIDENTIFIED object on Eastney beach
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A HUGE white mass that onlookers have described as being ‘a whale’ has appeared on a Portsmouth beach.

The creature-like object was found by dog walkers on Monday afternoon. They and passers-by believe the decomposing mass could be a whale.

Becky Johnson, 25, from Southsea, was walking with her dad, Adam, along the beach close to Eastney barracks when their dog dragged them over to the shore.

‘I was walking the dog and it was quite interested in something.

‘We could not see what it was to start with but as we got closure it looked like a big blob. It seems to be decomposing, it smells a lot.

‘I called my sister and mum and told them to come and have a look.

‘Its quite shocking. You don’t normally see things like this.

‘There have been lots of people talking past having a look at it. I haven’t seen anything like it before -it’s huge.’

Adam, 53, who also lives in Southsea, described the ‘animal’ as having a skeleton, bones and weeping blood.

On Monday evening, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Multi-Agency Storm Response Team issued a warnining that palm oil was being washed up on beaches around the south coast.

A statement said: ‘Following the recent storms, we’ve had reports of palm oil being washed up on Weston Shore in Southampton and across the border in Sussex.

‘We’d like to warn members of the public, particularly dog walkers on coastal areas, to be extra cautious and keep their dogs under control on the foreshore.

‘Palm oil is described as slightly smaller than a rugby ball, white, chalky and with a slight smell of sulphur.’

The substance itself is not dangerous to humans, but can cause injury or death to pets, particularly dogs, if ingested.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue advises members of the public to wear double vinyl gloves and place in a strong plastic bag over the substance and bag it up, place the outer gloves in with the oil, tie it off, then place into a second strong bag and also tie off. This can be disposed of in ordinary refuse.

Alternatively, contact the local authority to come and remove it.

The source of the oil is currently unknown.