A WHALE conservationist will talk about the dwindling numbers of Fin whales at Seascale Methodist Church Hall.

On Sunday November 4, Lesley Anne Archer-Shirley will present a talk on the plight of the Fin Whale. The species is the second largest native to our seas and the population is falling.

Fin Whales are officially registered as an endangered species by the World Wildlife Fund.

In February 2014, this rare species of whale washed up on Drigg beach. The find was the subject of a previous talk at the West Coast Support arm of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Doctor Simon Jackson from Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust was involved in the identification of the carcass as well as the restoration of the skeleton.

3-D diagrams were used to fully piece the body together and decide which breed it came from. At first the animal was believed to be of the Sai whale variety due to its diminutive size. The skeleton was 12 metres long despite being underdeveloped. At their largest Fin Whales measure 27 metres, tipping the scale at 30 tons.

A competition was held to name the Fin Whale. Driggsby now resides in Tullie House in Carlisle.

The Seascale Church talk will explore how we can aid Driggsby's species.