The 33ft (10m) body of a minke whale which was washed up on a beach at Cold Knap, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan is going to be converted into bone meal, which will be used to fuel local power stations.
The whale was initially sighted off Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, on Monday, but eventually washed up in Barry after becoming lodged on rocks nearby.
The carcass will be transported to a rendering plant in Dorset by cattle experts Frome Vale who will process the carcass using a cooking and separating process to make the bone meal fuel. The company is licensed with Defra, operating in accordance with animal by-products regulations.
Colin Smith from Frome Vale said: “This has been an unusual and complex operation but thankfully, with a co-ordinated effort between all the parties involved, it has resulted in an efficient removal.
“As a result I would like to extend my gratitude on behalf of the council to all those who worked with us for their valued contribution.”
Source: Renewable Energy News