Red-billed tropicbird on Texel island beach


This video says about itself:

A visit to the tropical island of Saba to study the rare and beautiful Red-Billed Tropicbird.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands, on 20 December 2016:

A white bird with long wings and a red bill: you could not get around it, this must be a red-billed tropicbird. The dead animal washed up on the Texel beach. Texel denizen Job ten Horn found the tropical vagrant, a new species for the North Sea. Red-billed tropicbirds are large, graceful white seabirds which spend their lives over the tropical oceans. They eat fish and squid. Wandering over the ocean, they sometimes wander into northern regions.

Beached sperm whales’ food investigated


This 13 January 2015 video is about sperm whales, stranded near beach pole 12 on Texel island in the Netherlands, being transported.

This week, six beached sperm whales died on Texel.

Scientists are investigating the contents of the stomachs and intestines of the dead whales.

They found many squid parts, and also proof that the whales had eaten anglerfish. One of the animals had swallowed a big longline fishing hook, but it apparently had not harmed him.

Two sperm whales dead again, Texel island


This 7 July 2014 video shows a truck, transporting a replica of the sperm whale, beached in December 2012 on the Razende Bol sandbank near Texel island in the Netherlands, to Texel’s Ecomare museum.

Translated from the Texelse Courant on Texel today:

Thursday 14 January 2016, 12:41

Once again a sperm whale has washed ashore. This time it’s a dead one and the location is the harbour of NIOZ [the Dutch marine research institute].

A seventh animal floats around at present dead just off the coast of the island.

UPDATE: the seventh floating sperm whale is still unconfirmed.

UPDATE: the seventh floating sperm whale seems not to exist.

This afternoon, the dead whales which had beached earlier on Texel will be transported to Harlingen. There will be research about the stomach contents of these whales, to maybe find out why they died.

Dutch students’ blog post on the Texel beached sperm whales: here.

See also here.

Five sperm whales died on Texel island


This 13 January 2016 Dutch TV video is about the five sperm whales, beached on Texel island in the Netherlands yesterday.

Unfortunately, attempts to save the five sperm whales who beached yesterday have not succeeded.

The Texelse Courant reports today that all five whales have died.

Tomorrow, or maybe later, the dead whales will be removed from the beach.

There are unconfirmed reports of a sixth sperm whale swimming not far away. A police helicopter is looking whether that is true.

See also here.

Five sperm whales beached on Texel island


This video is about the sperm whales, beached on Texel island in the Netherlands today.

The Texelse Courant reports today that five sperm whales have beached on Texel, near beach pole 12 west of Den Hoorn village.

People are trying to save the whales, but unfortunately it looks like there is not much chance of success. ‘This is terrible’ Ms Pauline Folkerts of Ecomare museum says.

29 April 2014. Ecomare has opened the new Whale Room adding another attraction of national appeal. This impressive exhibition of the whales that beached on the Wadden Islands allows visitors to experience at close hand how enormous a sperm whale actually is: here.

Recovered seals back in Wadden Sea


This video from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

January 7 2016

For the rehabilitation seals Ute, Jelle and Dave, today was a day of celebration. They went safe and sound back to the Wadden Sea. Jelle and Dave were found in September, Ute in November.

These three common seals had been starving because of lungworm infection. After recovery in Ecomare, they could be freed again.

Seroprevalence of Antibodies against Seal Influenza A(H10N7) Virus in Harbor Seals and Gray Seals from the Netherlands: here.

Fossil horse discovery on Texel island


Ecomare museum curator Arthur Oosterbaan with the horse bone; photo: Ecomare

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

January 8, 2016 – You can find animal bones from the ice age as you wander along the beach on Texel. Eg, the German tourist Andrea with her daughter on January 3 found an intact bone near beach post 12. In Ecomare it turned out to be an ankle bone of a horse!

The dark colour indicates that the bone is from the last ice age, between 10,000 and 100,000 years old. Horse bones from that period are quite common. Then whole herds of horses will have run alongside woolly mammoths, steppe bison, giant deer and woolly rhinos. It is special that this bone is completely intact.