The second whale to wash up on an East Lothian beach in less than a month had signs of becoming entangled.

A badly decomposed minke whale carcass was found washed up on a North Berwick beach on Sunday.

It was the second to be found in the town and the third reported in Scotland within the past three weeks.

Nick Davison, stranding coordinator at the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS), said on inspection of the mammal there “were some lesions present suggestive of entanglement”.

SMASS is a dedicated research and reporting project for stranded cetaceans, pinnipeds, marine turtles and large sharks in Scotland.

The North Berwick whale was lifted into a trailer and disposed of on Sunday.

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It is the second whale to wash up on the same beach in recent weeks, with workers spending hours removing the nine-tonne carcass of a minke whale which beached on April 19.

Further north, a dead humpback whale was found on a sandbank at Loch Fleet nature reserve in Sutherland on Friday. Experts said that the juvenile female had died after becoming tangled in creel lines.

On Monday, the carcass of what experts believe was a young sperm whale washed ashore in on Porth Neigwl on the south coast of the Llyn Peninsula in north Wales.