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30-tonne sperm whale dies after beaching in Northumberland

A sperm whale which was noticed swimming dangerously near the shore in Northumberland has died.

The whale was seen alongside the shoreline on Friday afternoon, in shallow waters in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

A autopsy will happen on the 30-tonne whale to seek out out why it died.

The body of the Sperm Whale washes up at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday October 11, 2019. Sperm whales, the largest of the toothed whales, are not often seen in the North Sea as it lacks the giant and colossal squid they would usually feed on, which are to be found in more tropical waters. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Image: The whale had been dangerously near the shore
Members of the public view the body of a sperm whale which washed up at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland on Friday.
Image: Members of the general public have been warned to avoid the physique

On Friday, a spokesman for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) stated the 13.3m-long younger male was “probably not going to survive” on account of lack of meals.

Sightings of sperm whales in British waters are “very rare”, the spokesman added.

Sperm whales are the biggest of the toothed whales, and never typically seen in the North Sea because it lacks the large and colossal squid they often feed on.

Tropical waters are a extra pure habitat for them.

A Coastguard officer looks at the body of a sperm whale which washed up at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland on Friday.
Image: The whale washed up at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

A spokesman for the BDMLR stated this morning: “It is essential to notice that cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are mammals like us people, and subsequently in a position to carry critical ailments that may be transmitted between us.

“We would advise members of the general public to keep away from all contact with the carcass and any bodily fluids to keep away from any danger of an infection from them – there may be the chance that this may occasionally have been an animal that was already unwell.

“Incidents like this do tend to draw crowds and we would urge people to please be respectful of this situation and advice provided.”

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