The discovery of the remains of a whale on a Pevensey beach last week has a curious historical connection.
More than 150 years ago a mammal of the same species was washed ashore at almost exactly the same spot.
The massive 70ft (21m) finback whale was found on November 13, 1865 - and became a tourist attraction. Some 40,000 people travelled by train to inspect the corpse.
The skeleton is now on display at Cambridge University’s Museum of Zoology.
The museum’s Tracy Biram said it was “a massive deal at the time” - for most people it would have been the first time they had seen a whale.
It was also a huge specimen - the finback is the second largest species after the blue whale.
The skeleton was bought in 1866 by John Willis Clark, the museum’s superintendent. He paid £80 for it (nearly £9,000 at today’s prices).
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/
2) Like our Facebook page at Text to display
3) Follow us on Twitter @Eastbournenews
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
The Eastbourne Herald - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.