Sperm whale washes up in Kent - Sad news came today as a 14metre long sperm whale was found washed up on a beach on the South East Coast of England. The cause of death is not yet confirmed but it’s not a usual thing in this area, that is for sure.
14m Sperm whale washes up in Kent
The huge and beautiful animal was first spotted this morning washed up on the beach. The initial reports made it unclear if it was alive and how it had come to be there but Sperm Whales are not normally swimming in these waters due to them being too shallow.
The place of the incident was Pegwell Bay, a small bay between Margate and Sandwich on the Kent South East English coastline, an area I know quite well. They normally further up North around Finland and North America and it’s thought that the whale most likely a bull could have become rouge due to disorientation caused by ship propellers.
As the Tides went out this evening the whale was confirmed to have likely been dead since the morning. The Zoological society are taking samples and a post mortem will be caried out tomorrow.
Whales in the South East have washed up before with Pegwell Bay actually having a Killer Whale wash up in a close spot once before Dolphins swimming into the River Thames but this is the first time for such a huge beast.
More details can be found in this BBC Report.
I always find these kinds of things very disturbing. It is likely this giant wonderful animal has died related to human activity and we should all feel at least some guilt for that.
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