Zoological Society looking for answers to why 29 North Sea whales have been washed up on Europe’s beaches recently

A second whale has beached alive in Hunstanton. ANL-160402-133451001

A second whale has beached alive in Hunstanton. ANL-160402-133451001

1
Have your say

Residents along the east coast of Britain are praying they will not see a repeat of the tragedies seen in Skegness and Hunstanton where six whales have now washed up on the beach.

Hundreds of people from all over the East Midlands flocked to Skegness to see three dead whales on Central Beach before they were removed to Sheffield for rendering last Wednesday. A fourth whale that beached of former Ministry of Defence (MOD) land in Wainfleet remains there and a fifth was removed from Hunstanton a week ago.

Whale at Hunstanton ANL-160402-111931001

Whale at Hunstanton ANL-160402-111931001

Today, as staff from the Hunstanton Sealife Centre worked to ease the suffering of another whale beached there at about 7.30am, residents were asking why whales keep straying into the North Sea - and will we again see a repeat of the distressing scenes of last week?

The whale that beached in Hunstanton this morning brings the total in Germany, the Netherlands, France and the UK to 29.

Rob Deaville, of the Zoological Society of London, was one of the officers who performed the autopsy of a whale in Skegness.

Mr Deaville was in touch with Hunstanton when the Skegness Standard spoke to him. He said “We are currently helping to manage the whale’s passing.

The first Hunstanton sperm whale being removed from the beach. ANL-160102-105659001

The first Hunstanton sperm whale being removed from the beach. ANL-160102-105659001

“It may be that it gets washed out alive in the high tide but the signs are not good.

“We are appealing to the public to stay away so the whale does not become any more distressed.

“Should the whale die we will again visit Hunstanton to try to understand why this keeps happening.

“There have now been 29 whales wash up and die in the North Sea and we are in contact with our colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands and France to try and find the answer.

Crowds of onlookers stand outside a cordon to see two sperm whales found washed up on Gibraltar Point beach, near Skegness.  Photo by Lee Swift. ANL-160124-182828001

Crowds of onlookers stand outside a cordon to see two sperm whales found washed up on Gibraltar Point beach, near Skegness. Photo by Lee Swift. ANL-160124-182828001

“It is however still far too early to say whether the whales are part of one bachelor pod or separate pods are coming into the North Sea.”

Sperm whales washed up on Skegness beach.

Sperm whales washed up on Skegness beach.