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Poor whale

A sperm whale, approx. 45ft/13.7m long, beached at Redcar on 31/05/11. It was alive when it was found around 7am but sadly died around 9am despite rescuers trying to help. They had to wait to check if it was still breathing because whales can hold their breath for up to an hour. Experts said it looked malnourished, was likely young and shouldn't normally have been in such shallow waters. Marine biologists were due to arrive from London to examine it.

Update: tests confirmed that it was male and died of starvation. The jawbones have been buried in a secret location in the region while the natural oils seep out. They'll be put on display on Redcar seafront.


This photo appears in Torpedo, the Marine Life News Bulletin for the UK:


And in Marine life News Reports (NE Atlantic):


Update: the jawbones are now on display in the Zetland Lifeboat Museum on Redcar seafront.


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Taken on May 31, 2011