September 1st, 2016. A DEAD baleen whale has been spotted off the coast of Portland.
The whale, spotted in the sea on August 31, was seen floating at the top of the water.
Dorset Wildlife Trust are asking people to contact them if they find the whale washed ashore.
Baleen whales range from six metres to 34 metres and can weigh anything from 3000 kilos to 210 short tons.
When a whale dies in the sea, its carcuss usually eventually sinks to the bottom and can become home to a new ecosystem as other fish and sea animals eat off the meat.
However, sometimes whales are known to wash ashore.
It comes after a spotting of what the Dorset Wildlife Trust believe could have been a minke whale last week on August 23.