Ballybrannigan Rotting Whale Carcass Buried One Month On

By Seamus Whelehan


The 20ft whale which was left to decompose on Ballybrannigan beach for the past month has a new seaside grave, following a report in last week’s East Cork Journal.

The dead whale was reported to the East Cork Municipality last month by concerned residents, who feared it posed a potential risk to human health, if left to rot.

The carcass was located approximately 1 km from the access to the beach, between Ballycroneen and Ballybrannigan.

Last April the strand was closed off following concerns for public health and safety.

Coastal erosion has meant that the cliffs are at risk of collapse and significant damage has been caused to the access ramp.

However the public have been ignoring the warnings to take advantage of the good weather.

The area is popular with dog walkers and is used by a number of organisations and individuals.

The Midleton Area Engineers Office was made aware of the dead mammal on 1st June 2017.

Experts from the authority’s Environmental directorate visited the location following the initial report and deemed it was inappropriate to remove the carcass from the beach, given its condition and the condition of the access point.

Now the Council say following a subsequent review of the situation, they have buried the carcass.

A permit was sought from the District Veterinary Office of the Department of Agriculture and Food to allow in-situ burial, they said.