The whale washed up on a beach in north Sligo has been buried.
An Irish conservation group carried out an examination today of the 12 metre long sperm whale found on Streedagh Strand before it was buried there this afternoon.
It’s the third whale to have been found on Irish shoreline in the last two weeks.
Sean O’ Callaghan, Science Officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, says what was unusual was that the whale was female.
It’s understood the whale had been mutilated overnight after its jaw was removed.
Sean says unfortunately these types of incidents are not uncommon but they are illegal.
Meanwhile local Cllr Marie Casserly says neighbours seen lights on the beach after midnight last night.
She says those who removed the jaw from the whale knew what they were doing.