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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

Washed-up whales to be removed

East Lindsey District Council says three of four sperm whales, stranded on Skegness beach, are likely to be removed within the next 48 hours - as permission is now in place.

Three whales were discovered over the weekend. A fourth was stranded at Wainfleet just down the coast from Skegness yesterday afternoon.

The Zoological Society has warned more whales could become stranded over the next few days as others have been discovered in recent weeks in places including Norfolk, Germany and the Netherlands.


Bodies of dead whales could remain on beach for days

Three sperm whales who washed up dead on Skegness are believed to be from the same pod as the one recently stranded in Norfolk. It is also thought they could be linked to strandings in Germany and the Netherlands in recent weeks.

East Lindsey District Council says it is developing plans to remove the carcasses from the beach, but it could be a few days until this is possible because formal consent needs to be granted.

A post mortem examination will be carried out on the whales to find out how they died.

The Council is asking people not to go through the cordon to touch the bodies.

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