5 whales washed up on east coast

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Whales are currently washing up on our east coast. Three sperm whales have been found on the public beach at Skegness, a fourth has been found in Hunstanton, and the fifth on private land at Wainfleet. They have also been found in the Netherlands and Germany.

It has been reported the whales will be cleared off the beaches in a couple of days. The East Lindsey District Council has warned people not to go near the whales and the area has been blocked off. Even so, some souvenir hunters have been seen hacking teeth from the poor creatures. One whale has even had graffiti sprayed on its tail.

A lifeguard has said: “We have informed the Receiver of Wreck and we are expecting an officer from the Zoological Society of London to attend the scene and carry out tests on the whales.”

The reason why whales are washing up on our shores is not really understood. When the males are hunting they normally go down 3,000m but when they are hunting in relatively shallow waters like the North Sea, they sometimes end up on our beaches. Some people are blaming the increasing number of offshore wind farms for confusing the whales.

The depth of the North Sea is typically 200m so they can’t go down to the bottom of the ocean to hunt.


Jake, Year 5

Cottesmore Millfield Academy



24 Responses to 5 whales washed up on east coast

  1. Maddie January 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Well done Jake, really good article !! Great job, I learnt a lot.

  2. admin January 26, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    A good report of a tragic situation, Jake.
    I hope they can discover why these amazing creatures are entering seas that are clearly not suitable for them.

    YJA Senior Editor

  3. Clare January 27, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Congratulations on your second brilliant and informative article Jake!
    Those poor whales. I hope an answer is found soon for why they are being washed up.

  4. Carol January 27, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Well done Jake another great article from you keep it up

  5. Andrew Miller January 27, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Well done Jake. I did not know there was so many washing up. Look forward to your next article.

  6. Suzy Kate January 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Fantastic article young Mr Miller, I didn’t realise so many whales had been washed up on Britain’s beaches.

  7. Kayleigh January 27, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Well done Jake keep up the good work 🙂

  8. isobel farrell January 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Well done Jake on your second article. Hopefully there will be more to come.

  9. Fiona January 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

    well done yet again Jake you have done a fabulous article and it is very informative I myself didn’t realise there have been so many washed ashore … Not just here but also abroad .

  10. Nikki Gray January 27, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Wow what an informative piece of writing – thanks for sharing. Really well done Jake.

  11. Jill Sergent January 27, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Such a sad story Jake.

  12. A. Sansome January 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Excellent reporting of a marine tragedy, Jake. I sincerely hope that they find a reason to stop this happening again on our shores. Please keep up the good work of keeping us informed.

  13. Tammy styles January 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Very well written Jake 🙂

  14. Leah Wallis January 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Amazing article Janet keep us informed in your findings I also didn’t no so many had been washed up.

  15. Leah Wallis January 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Predictive text I do apologise I did type jake

  16. Charlie January 27, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Great article, I actually saw the whales and they smelled really bad. There was actually graffiti on all three!

  17. Christine January 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Well done Jake a very interesting article

  18. Miss Bradley January 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Well done Jake!

  19. admin January 27, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    “The pod probably followed a shoal of squid into the North Sea around the New Year and then got stuck,” says Peter Evans, director of The SeaWatch Foundation.

    “As they head south the water becomes shallower. Once they end up on a sand bank it’s all over for the whale. It causes cardiovascular collapse and their organs start failing.”

  20. Mick and Jenny Abbs January 27, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Well done Jake! A very good report on this sad situation. We live on the coast in Norfolk and there was also a whale washed up near here too.

  21. Ashley Smart January 30, 2016 at 10:31 am

    well done Jake really fascinating article about the stranded whales really upset that this is happening hope they can get the whales back to safety

  22. Josh February 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Wow, that’s very peculiar :0

  23. Louie Hall February 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    wow cool article 🙂

  24. admin February 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    4/2/16 In the news today:

    ‘Another sperm whale has stranded on the east coast at Hunstanton in Norfolk.

    The whale, estimated to be around 25-30tonnes was discovered this morning by the Humber coastguard.

    The whale has been refloated in the high tide but efforts to get it moving again appear to be failing.’

    Bill T