Sperm whales beach in Germany yet again


Beached sperm whales in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog, DPA photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

In the German part of the Wadden Sea eight sperm whales have stranded. The young animals washed up about two kilometers off the dike at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog, a village in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

The animals are between 9 and 12 meters long. One of the animals was still alive for a while, but the others were all already dead, say the Coast Guard and German conservationists from the organization LKN.

Last month in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain together already sixteen sperm whales beached and died. The animals are believed to have lost their way and so to have ended up in the North Sea, which is too shallow for them and where little food is available.

They may also have trouble orienting there, experts say.

See also here.

Orca beached on German island Sylt: here.

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