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Hopes that sixth whale could still be alive

Could lone whale have survived?

There are hopes that a sixth whale - from the same pod as five which died on the east coast - could still be alive in the North Sea.

Five whales which beached on the Lincolnshire coast were removed by diggers last week. But rescuers say that six whales were spotted not far away off the Norfolk Coast two days before the first whale was discovered. It's believed the sixth whale might now be roaming the North Sea alone having lost all the other members of its pod.

Scientists to determine why whales went to Lincolnshire

Scientists say they are now collaborating with colleagues in Germany and the Netherlands to try and determine why four whales stranded on Lincolnshire's east coast.

Three whales were washed up on Skegness beach Credit: PA

Three of the four whales which stranded in Skegness and wainfleet were removed from Skegness beach last night and have now been taken to a landfill site in Sheffield.

The zoological society of London say they're as yet no closer to determining why the creatures came into the shallow North Sea waters and have warned they may never be completely sure.


Dead whales removed overnight

Three dead sperm whales which washed up on the Lincolnshire coast have been removed in a five-hour operation.

A team of 14 workers started the process at Skegness just after 8pm on Wednesday.

The whales, believed to weigh around 30 tons, were found on the beach at the weekend and are believed to be part of the same pod as others found in Hunstanton, Norfolk, and Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.

The whales were then put on to low loaders, wrapped in a tarpaulin and taken to landfill sites in Didcot, Oxfordshire, and Sheffield.

"It's gone very well really. The last one where the flaps had been cut open for the autopsy was hard work.

"You can't really plan what you are going to do because you don't know if they are likely to blow up or something. All that you can do is treat them with the utmost respect."

– Contractor Jan Smith

Hundreds of people have been to see the whales in the town since they were discovered.

Workers spent Tuesday moving the creatures and covering them with sand before their removal.

Huge operation to remove the gentle giants

A huge operation to remove three of the four sperm whales which washed up on the Lincolnshire coast at the weekend is taking place - and will last into the early hours of the morning. One of the whales will be taken to a landfill site in Sheffield. You may find some images in Kate Hemingway's report upsetting.

Operation to remove beached whales

Night operation begins

Work has begun to remove three dead whales which were washed up on the Lincolnshire coast.

The sperm whales were found on the beach at Skegness at the weekend and are believed to be part of the same pod as others found in Hunstanton, Norfolk, and Wainfleet in Lincolnshire.

The operation to remove them is expected to take between six and eight hours. Contractor Jan Smith said the whales will be taken to landfill sites in Didcot, Oxfordshire, and Sheffield

The process will see the whales rolled over, placed into a tarpaulin and lifted on to a low loader and driven away. Fourteen people will be involved in the disposal.

Destined for landfill

Work to remove stranded sperm whales set to begin today

Work to remove the whales stranded on the Lincolnshire Coast is expected to get under way later today.

The sperm whales were temporarily buried on Tuesday. Credit: Press Association

Yesterday, the whale carcasses on Skegness beach were covered in sand to stop movement.

Two of the sperm whales which are on the south of the beach are to be moved by a contractor to central beach where the third whale is lying.

They will all then be moved together.


Police launch inquiry after person apparently removes teeth from stranded whale

Whale washed-up on a beach near Gibraltar Point in Skegness, Lincolnshire Credit: Press Association

Lincolnshire Police have launched an inquiry after images were circulating on social media this morning of a person apparently removing teeth from one of the whales washed up on the Lincolnshire Coast.

Officers are advising people not to interfere with the carcasses of the whales, which are a species protected under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. The regulations state that being in possession of any part of the animal, alive or dead, or selling or exchanging any such part, is an offence punishable by six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

Force lead for rural crime, Chief Inspector Jim Tyner said:

“It is not surprising that the sad deaths of these animals has generated considerable fascination and large numbers of people have been coming to Skegness to look at them. However, people need to be aware that touching the creatures is a risk to health and taking ‘trophies’ is against the law. Anyone removing teeth or other parts of the whales may be committing a serious offence, the penalty for which can be quite significant”.

– Chief Inspector Jim Tyner, Lincolnshire Police

Man 'takes teeth' from stranded whale

Lincolnshire Police are investigating after a man reportedly took teeth from one of the stranded whales in Skegness.

It's thought a man removed the teeth from the whale near the clock tower overnight.

Chief Insp Jim Tyner, from Lincolnshire Police, says if the man is found guilty he faces an unlimited fine, or a six month jail sentence, under the Conservation of Habitats and Special Regulations law 2010.

Chief Insp Jim Tyner, Lincolnshire Police
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