Sperm whales beach along British coastline

26th Jan 2016

ORCA were deeply saddened to hear about the stranding of five sperm whales along the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coastline over the weekend.  It is thought that these individuals were part of a much larger pod that had become disorientated and travelled south through the North Sea from Norway.  As sperm whales are a squid eating, deep water species, they became exhausted due to the shallow water of the North Sea and lack of sufficient food.  Other members of the pod have washed up on beaches along the Dutch and German coastline. The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) are conducting necropsies to investigate their cause of death further.

We have been inundated with calls and emails from the public and media about this story.  Remember, if you come across a beached whale, dolphin or porpoise, please contact British Divers Marine Life rescue (BDMLR) on  01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787 433412 (out of hours).

Read more on this story:

Why do sperm whales wash up on beaches? - BBC News

Three dead sperm whales wash up on Skegness beach - The Guardian

How five stranded whales have captivated and saddened onlookers in equal measure - The Independent

Giants of the deep driven to their deaths - The Daily Mail

Dead whales to be removed from Skegness Beach - The Guardian