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Old 03-03-2011, 07:19 PM
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Default A 45ft-long sperm whale has died after being washed up on the Kent coast.

The sperm whale was found on a beach about 10 minutes from my house.


A 45ft-long sperm whale has died today after being washed up on the Kent coast.
The huge animal was found stranded on the beach at Pegwell Bay between Ramsgate and Sandwich, in Kent, at 7.30am and animal rescue experts were called before it was confirmed the whale had died.

The public have shown great interest in the corpse but are advised to stay away from the beached whale due to health risks related to bacteria and its odour, a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastal Agency said.


Read more: Massive whale dies on Kent beach | Mail Online
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I had to take into account the forum section and the OP before opening this - i still expected something a little more "steve" than a real story! LOL
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I had to take into account the forum section and the OP before opening this - i still expected something a little more "steve" than a real story! LOL
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I had to take into account the forum section and the OP before opening this - i still expected something a little more "steve" than a real story! LOL
I always have one eye squinted and my head turned to the side every time I open a "reeve" thread...lol



Always a shame to see beached whales, seems such an inauspicious end to such a majestic creature....
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The 45-foot-long sperm whale washed up at Pegwell Bay in Ramsgate has been cut up and removed.
Samples, including parts of its jawbone, have been taken away for further examination at the Natural History Museum while the rest of the carcass has been buried in a landfill site.
An on-site autopsy revealed the juvenile hadn't eaten for up to four days before it was washed ashore last week.
Normally sperm whales are found in the Atlantic off the coast of Scotland where they dive to depths of 3,000 feet to hunt giant squid.
The water depth in the North Sea is about 300 feet and without food the animal rapidly dehydrated.
Jon Brooks, North Kent co-ordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue was one of the first on the scene.
He said: "I got a call from the coastguard and went to the scene. At first we couldn't confirm whether it was dead or alive.
We got our rescue boat from Ramsgate Harbour and when we got back the whale was on it's side and we could tell it was dead.
"The whale hadn't fed. It gets water from the squid it eats and deprived of food it would dehydrate.
"We don't know what it was doing off Pegwell Bay. A detailed analysis may be able to tell us that."
Before it was finally cut up the 17-ton whale was moved to a slipway at Ramsgate Harbour.
Thanet Council chief executive Richard Samuel said his staff at dealt with the animal in a 'dignified way’.
He said: "The death of this wonderful marine animal on our shoreline is very sad and has posed an unusual disposal problem for the council.
"Our experts dealt with it in a dignified way."

Your Thanet :: Article :: Body of sperm whale is cleared from Pegwell Bay as probe continues into why it was washed up
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Yes, it is a shame, but, that's nature...........There's nothing we can do about it, all living thing's have to die at some point in time.
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