London. – A sperm whale washed up in shallow water off a beach in Britain yesterday, the 29th such stranding in Europe in the last two weeks.
Crowds of people watched as the whale floundered in the water off Hunstanton beach on the east coast of England.
But rescuers said there was nothing they could do to save it due to its size and weight, and it died yesterday evening.
“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,” said Stephen Marsh, operations manager of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
Another whale washed up on the same beach last month, and three more washed up on the nearby Lincolnshire coast.
Marsh said that the rise in strandings could be due to an increase in whale populations. – AFP.