HM Coastguard are advising the public to stay away from the carcass of an 8.2 metre whale which washed up on the shore at Dyfi Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, Ceredigion on Christmas Day.

The whale is very decomposed and may pose a health hazard to anyone that touches it. A biohazard marker has been put up to warn members of the public about getting too close.

Weather conditions have hampered efforts to remove the whale over the weekend and discussions are continuing between the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Natural Resources Wales to arrange its safe removal as quickly as possible.