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Sealife centre welcomes new baby penguin to flock

Pip was born weighing just 92 grams. Credit: Hunstanton Sealife Centre

Hunstanton Sealife Centre in Norfolk has welcomed a new baby penguin to their flock.

Pip was born weighing just 92 grams to Humboldt penguins Charlie and Jerome.

Staff chose the name, which could be changed to Pippa if the penguin is a girl, in honour of Pippa Middleton’s marriage to James Matthews.

Pip was born to Humboldt penguins Charlie and Jerome. Credit: Hunstanton Sealife Centre

“The whole team is bursting with joy at the arrival of our first ever penguin chick - we are all beaming like we are new parents ourselves!

"Humboldt penguins are an extremely vulnerable species and it is the first time we have had a penguin chick here at the Sanctuary.”

– Hollie Stephenson, Aquar


Post mortem examination to be carried out on stranded whale at Hunstanton

The whale at Hunstanton on Thursday. Credit: UK Coastguard.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out on a sperm whale that died last night after becoming stranded on the beach at Hunstanton.

It is thought the animal died at about 8pm yesterday. It was first discovered on the sand 12 hours earlier.

Stephen Marsh, operations manager for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said the Defra-funded Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme would carry out a post mortem examination "when conditions allow" today.

The whale is thought to have belonged to the same pod as those who died two weeks ago off the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coasts.

Stranded sperm whale on Norfolk beach has died

The stranded sperm whale on Thursday. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Divers trying to help a stranded sperm whale on the Norfolk coast have confirmed it has died.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said the stricken animal had taken its last breath at about 8pm.

They expect to receive official confirmation of its death later this evening once zoological experts have assessed the body.

"We're very sad to confirm that the whale has died but it is a bit of a relief because it had been in quite a lot of suffering."

– Stephen Marsh, Operations Manager, British Divers Marine Life Rescue.


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Farewell to a sperm whale that died on the Norfolk coast

The cost of removing a dead sperm whale from the beach at Hunstanton is costing the local council thousands of pounds.

Workmen using chainsaws, a digger and lots of skips, removed the 30 tonne carcass from where it washed up a week ago.

The remains have been taken to an animal incinerator facility outside of the county. Four other whales, washed up in Lincolnshire, have also been disposed of.

Sightseers urged to keep their distance from dead whale

The public are being urged to stay away from a dead sperm whale on Hunstanton beach. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Experts are trying to find out why a pod of sperm whales have washed dead up along the East Coast.

Thousands are flocking to West Norfolk to see the corpse of one giant animal beached on the rocks, while others have come ashore in Lincolnshire.

Council staff are urging people to keep their distance from the whale stranded on the beach at Hunstanton while they work to dispose of it.

The first whale washed up on the beach at Hunstanton on Friday afternoon. Two more were found on the beach at Skegness on Saturday evening and another washed up on Sunday morning. A fifth was found on the same coastline on Monday. It's still not known why the animals died

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

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