Coastguard Fears More Whale Beachings After Three Die In Skegness


Humber Coastguard are on high alert after three sperm whales washed up onshore in Lincolnshire on Saturday evening.

It is believed there is potential for more whales to become beached after the three dead males in Skegness were linked to another whale found dead at Hunstanton beach on Friday.

According to the Skegness Standard a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said:

It is unknown where the rest of the pod (group) are at this stage.

The bodies will reportedly be removed once samples have been taken and the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme has examined the bodies.

The tragic incident has attracted a lot of public attention, prompting MCA to request people stay away from the beach at Gibraltar Point on grounds of safety.

Lee Swift

East Lindsey District Council has warned it may take be a few days before the carcasses can be removed due to official procedures.

A spokesman said:

The council is arranging for the whales to be cordoned off and, as is usual procedure when this type of event occurs, the council must make contact with the relevant authorities to check whether they wish to review the carcasses.

Once this is known, the council can arrange for their removal which is likely to take a few days.

Hopefully the rest of the pod can be located and diverted away from shallow, and dangerous waters which could cause them to become stranded too.