Coastguards are warning the public to stay away after a dead humpback whale stranded on Blyth Beach.
They received reports of the stranded whale in Northumberland this morning and a cordon is now in place.
Whale rescue experts said it was clear the 36-foot animal died long before it was washed and is already rotting.
Northumberland County Council said it was organizing the removal and disposal of the carcass.
It has been reported that another humpback whale was spotted dead offshore last week near Dunstanburgh Castle, about 30 miles off the coast of Blyth.
Dunstanburgh Castle was the site of another humpback whale stranding in September 2019.
Earlier this year, a 10m (32ft) sperm whale was stranded dead on the north Norfolk coast at Sheringham.
It was believed to be linked to an incident on Christmas Eve when ten sperm whales died after being stranded between Withernsea and Tunstall in East Yorkshire.