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Tragic end for gentle giants

Three large sperm whales washed ashore on the Lincolnshire coastline were all male.

Two of the whales were washed up together Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Two of the whales approximately 48ft in length, were washed up yesterday evening. A third dead whale has been found washed up this morning.

They are thought to be the remaining members of a pod of whales which were spotted in The Wash on Friday.

It's very sad to see such magnificent beasts washed up and passed their best on the shore.

One whale very much the same washed up at Hunstanton on Saturday and we think these were the other whales spotted with it.

They got into trouble in The Wash which is very shallow water and extremely difficult to navigate. Once they're trapped in there there's very little we can do.

If they get washed out to sea then they can become a hazard for boats and then the Coastguard and Maritime Agency will get involved."

– RNLI spokesperson

The coastguard and East Lindsey District Council are advising members of the public to stay away from the whales whilst they remain on the beach.

An officer from the Zoological Society of London is due to attend the scene and carry out tests on the whales.

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