Posted by: The ocean update | February 4, 2016

Sperm whale stranded on Hunstanton beach dies (UK)

Rescue workers battled to save the whale

Rescue workers battled to save the whale

February 4th, 2016. A whale found stranded on a Norfolk beach has died, rescue teams have said.

Efforts have been under way to save the sperm whale since the UK Coastguard received a call just after 07:30 GMT. It is thought it became stranded overnight.

The 14m-long (46ft) bull was found between Old Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea, about two miles east of where another sperm whale died on 22 January.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said the whale died at about 20:00.

High tide arrived at the beach at 14:50 submerging the whale, but it was unable to right itself.

Mr Copeland, who helped in the rescue bid, said earlier that possible internal injuries meant the whale was unlikely to survive and their main focus was on keeping the animal comfortable.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said the mammal became stranded at Hunstanton overnight and was the 29th sperm whale to be washed up across Europe in the last few weeks.

Stephen Marsh, operations manager for the group, said there was nothing it could do to help.

“It’s likely to be between 25 and 30 tonnes,” he said.

+ 1 along the Netherlands coast

+ 1 along the Netherlands coast at the begining of January

Ed Sibylline : An hypothesis seen in a comment (Kommando)

“Will  be caused by all the  Uk warships pinging for submarines.  There’s been a lot of Russian Submarine activity around  the UK and Europe  in the last 12 months. Subs don’t use sonar as much as they can as it gives their position away  but surface ships  aren’t trying to hide so have the sonar on all the time while searching.”

What’s happening now in the North Sea sounds like Bahamas in 2000, Canary Islands in 1988, 2002, 2004, etc…

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