Malinbeg mystery solved!

Just under a month ago, the Donegal Democrat ran a story about a family finding the carcass of a mysterious sea creature that had washed ashore at Malinbeg, Glencolmcille.

Just under a month ago, the Donegal Democrat ran a story about a family finding the carcass of a mysterious sea creature that had washed ashore at Malinbeg, Glencolmcille.

Two children, who were on holiday in the area with their family, made the gruesome, yet fascinating find and their father took photographs of the 6 metre-long carcass.

He sent the photos into the paper, saying: “We’ve no idea at this stage what it might be but we looked it up on the internet and there was something similar washed ashore near Aberdeen about a month before.”

Wildlife Ranger Tim Roderick, in the Dept. of the Environment, was shown one of the photographs. He told the Democrat at the time: “It’s difficult to say from the picture but it’s almost certainly a harbour seal.”

The family researched further however, and, after recovering the skull belonging to the remains, were able to determine that, like the creature in Aberdeen, the creature they had found was, in all probability, the remains of a long-finned pilot whale. “We certainly had a lot of fun trying to solve the mystery,” the father told the Donegal Democrat yesterday.