A pod of 10 sperm whales have died on the east Yorkshire coast in what is thought to be the biggest mass stranding of the cetacean in England since records began in A rescue operation was launched after the group of juvenile mammals was spotted in shallow water between Tunstall and Withernsea at around 8. The BDMLR said it was not able to try to shepherd the sperm whales out to deeper waters due to the rough sea. It said that because of their size — males reach about 20 metres in length and weigh up to 80 tonnes — it was not possible to move the whales once they were stranded, and they rarely survive long when on land. It is thought to be the largest mass stranding of sperm whales on the English coast since
Five sperm whales have washed up in England. They are thought to belong to the same all-male pod as 12 others that were found dead around the Netherlands and Germany last week. But what caused this mass death, asks Claire Bates. Sperm whales are deep-sea mammals that tend to live and hunt at a depth of around 3,m. While females and their young stick to the tropics, males range further afield and are regularly spotted around Iceland, Norway and Shetland.
Strandings of sperm whales have occurred across much of their global range. About 60 per cent of the world's recorded sperm whale strandings occur in three regions - Tasmania , New Zealand and the North Sea. Possible causes of stranding events are mostly speculative and are not reflected in this list.
A dead sperm whale has washed up on the beach in north Norfolk. The sperm whale washed on the beach on January 5. A sperm whale which washed up on the beach near Weybourne in north Norfolk in December. The newest beached whale, found on January 5, is believed to be of a similar size.