Posted by: The ocean update | January 6, 2016

Dead minke whale ‘hit by ship’ washes up on Shoeburyness beach (UK)

It is thought the whale died after being struck by a ship

It is thought the whale died after being struck by a ship

January 6th, 2016. A dead whale has been found on an Essex beach.

The 35ft (10.6m) minke whale was first spotted floating in the Thames Estuary on Sunday and was found washed up on East Beach, Shoeburyness, on Monday.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said scientists from the Natural History Museum examined the mammal and said it did not pose an environmental hazard.

It was likely (Ed Sibylline : a necropsy, maybe, to confirm or infirm ?) the whale died after being struck by a ship, a spokesman said.

The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme which attends cases of whales, porpoises and dolphins that becomes stranded on the UK coastline, was first informed about the dead whale on Sunday.

A member of staff from the Port of London Authority reported that it was floating in water in the estuary.

A spokesman said whales in water it controls were “becoming more common”.

“We’ve had five or six in the last five years or so.”

The whale first washed up near Shoeburyness on Monday but floated back out on the tide.

It later beached on land owned by the Ministry of Defence and was examined by experts on Tuesday.

It is not yet known how the whale carcass will be disposed of.

Minke Whales generally grow to between 23ft to 32ft (7m to 10m) and live for up to 50 years. They are found throughout the northern hemisphere.

The dead whale, with its tongue distended, was seen in the Thames Estuary

The dead whale, with its tongue distended, was seen in the Thames Estuary

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