A whale carcass believed to be one of the largest ever found in the Mediterranean has been recovered off the coast of southern Italy.
Coastguard scuba divers located the whale off the harbour of Sorrento, near Naples, on Sunday.
They were led to the dead mammal by a young whale calf that was in distress, officials say.
It triggered a major operation to recover the 70-tonne carcass that was eventually completed on Wednesday.
The coastguard said it was "probably one of the largest" whale carcasses ever found in the region.