The whale is still in the water and on site is a team from the Maritime Police, who received an alert from the public at around 9:00 am and are now waiting for the support of other entities, such as the municipality, to define how the whale will be removed, said commander Rui Vasconcelos Duarte.

“We are going to evaluate together with several entities what is going to be done”, specifying that the whale “is already dead” and now “we have to decide what to do next” to the animal and “how it will be removed from the site”, at Santo António beach, in the district of Faro.

Asked if the whale could cause any disruption to navigation, the same source replied that "at the moment, no".

When the authorities received the alert, the whale was several metres from the water line, but the tide was high, and the high tide was at 09:00.

The next high tide is scheduled for around 9:30 pm and the low tide is close to 3:30 pm.