5 whales washed up on east coast
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