The public are being warned to stay away from a massive whale which sadly became stranded and died earlier this week on the beach near Culross.

The whale was discovered by members of the public on the shores of the Firth of Forth on Wednesday between Culross and Longannet power station site.

The stranding was also reported by Culross Stables Community Hub on their Facebook page, stating: "Poor whale washed up on the shoreline just along from the flume."

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust was made aware of the bloated carcass of the whale, which is thought to be about 18 metres long, and carried out inspections. It's understood a decision on what to do will be made in the coming days.

Dunfermline Press: The sad site of the dead whale on the shore near Culross.The sad site of the dead whale on the shore near Culross. (Image: Culross Stables Community Hub)

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue has also been notified and has advised the public to keep their distance and keep dogs away.

West Fife and Coastal Villages councillor Graeme Downie has also urged people obey the advice to stay away from the whale.