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PHOTOS: Whale washes up near Downham Market

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1:01pm 13th September 2017

A man had a shock last night as he drove home from Downham Market: a whale on a nearby riverbank.

Ricky Pettit told us the dead animal had been washed up yesterday evening.

But he said it had disappeared this morning:

"It was probably about eight to ten feet long.

"Fairly big, but I wouldn't say it was a fully-grown one, because having looked online it looked like it could have been a Mink whale."

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Ricky had been heading home after picking up his daughters from Downham when he spotted the animal just off the A1101.

"We stopped, turned round and had a look.

"Couldn't make out from the bridge what it was, so went and had a closer look and turned out it was this little whale dead on the side of the river."

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We're waiting on details from authorities.

Ricky had reported the incident to the CSIB.