Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Whale feared to be in trouble off Norfolk coast

Latest report comes after a bull died at Hunstanton, Norfolk, and the discovery of four dead whales washed up on the Lincolnshire coast.

By Agency

11:42AM GMT 09 Feb 2016

Another whale may be in trouble in shallow waters off the British coast, rescuers have said.

The latest report comes after a bull died at Hunstanton, Norfolk, on Thursday. This was the 30th sperm whale death in the North Sea this year.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said on Tuesday that it was investigating the latest sighting off north Norfolk.

A spokeswoman said the sighting had been referred to them but there were no further details on precise location or species

Last week's whale death followed the discovery of four dead whales washed up on the Lincolnshire coast and another at Hunstanton last month.

Others have been found in France, the Netherlands and Germany.

The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme, which examines all whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings in the UK, is working to establish why the whales came ashore and how they died.

This could help establish what the whales, thought to have come from the same bachelor pod normally living off the west coast of Norway, were doing in the North Sea.

One theory is that the male whales could have taken a wrong turn while heading south to find females or been lured by food.

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