February 10th, 2016. A carcass initially believed to be a giant squid and a “significant” find in explaining the deaths of sperm whales has been identified as a minke whale.
It was found at Weybourne in Norfolk on Tuesday and is now known to be a whale which washed up almost a month ago.
Norfolk cetacean recorder Carl Chapman said a species of giant squid could have matched its description.
“The theory that [sperm] whales were chasing squid remains valid,” he said, although there was no evidence as yet (Ed Sibylline : how to avoid losing face !).
“When we heard it might be a giant squid, we thought this could be significant.”
He said : “I think at the moment people are very aware of the whale sightings and we are receiving a lot of reports which come to nothing.”
The minke whale carcass was washed off the beach at high tide on Wednesday morning and found at Sheringham.
The false alarm came after a seventh whale was seen in trouble off the coast at Mundesley on Tuesday morning.
The coastguard launched a search but could find no further trace of the creature.
It is hoped the whale safely returned to deeper waters.