Not the ending we were hoping for.
The capital came alive earlier this week with news that a whale had been spotted in the River Liffey.
Many suspected that the whale was sick and in distress, but it seems that all of our worst fears have come true as the young whale was found dead in Dublin Bay this morning.
RIP Liffey Whale #GoneButNotForgotten 💔
— Alan Hartnett (@AlanHartnett) October 4, 2019
Identified as a fin whale, it measured in at just under 8 metres long and was more than likely a juvenile given its size.
The body was discovered by Dublin Port workers early this morning. Mammal experts have been called in for assistance and they are currently assessing the situation and deciding how best to proceed.
Yesterday we had a beautiful fin whale, around 7.62m (25ft) long visiting Dublin bay in the Liffey which is right in the center of the city. Sadly is passed away 😪 i can imagine it was distressed or it was lost in the dirt of Dublin bay ❤️ pic.twitter.com/THPONFjTQq
— Linnea Schossow (@LinneaSchossow) October 4, 2019
It’s thought that the whales remains will not be removed from the water.
Very sad news on this gloomy Friday.
(Header photo: Bere Island Ferries Twitter page)