An Irish conservation group is in Co. Sligo this afternoon examining the latest whale to wash up on western shores.
The adult female sperm whale was found dead on Streedagh Strand earlier this week.
It's the third whale to have been found on Irish shoreline in the last two weeks.
Dave Wall, Conservation Officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, says the proximity of the wash-ups is quite concerning.
Mr Wall said "Are they likely to be linked? More than likely, yes".
He explains that the average stranding for sperm whale each year is one to two animals.
Dave said it's quite unusual to see them stranded so close together in roughly the same stretch of coastline.