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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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Second whale washes up on Norfolk beach

Dead whale at Sea Palling Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Dead whale at Sea Palling Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A dead whale has been discovered on Sea Palling beach, three days after a minke whale washed up at Cromer.

The mammal, thought to be another minke, was found earlier today (Monday 25 November) in a remote area of the north east Norfolk beach.

Norfolk Cetaceans said: "This 5.8m young female has probably been dead no more than three to four days.

"She looked well fed and had no obvious fatal injuries. I suspect she may have got into shallow water on the landward side of the reefs here and couldn’t get back to sea."

Norfolk: Whale washed up on Cromer beach

A dead Minke whale has washed up on the North Norfolk coast today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A dead Minke whale has washed up on the North Norfolk coast today.

The 25 foot long mammal was found on Cromer beach near the pier this morning and has probably been dead up to two weeks.

The whale was found on Cromer beach near the pier. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's the first time in more than 40 years a whale of this kind has been seen on this part of the coastline.

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