Sperm whales beached in England


This video from England says aboiut itself:

Three dead sperm whales wash up near Skegness

24 January 2016

Dead sperm whales believed to have been from the same pod as animal that died after being beached in Norfolk.

See also here.

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.

Humpback whale swims near Dutch coast


This video says about itself:

Megaptera novaeangliae

30 May 2013

Established in 1988, the Oceania Project is an independent, non-profit research organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Whales, Dolphins and the oceans. The first phase of a long-term study of the East Australian Humpback Whales has been the major work of the Oceania Project.

The East Australian Humpback Whales travel in an unending cycle of migration between their birthplace in the inter-reef lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef and their Antarctic feeding areas.

Their world is comprised of vast stretches of ocean where songs emitted by the Humpback Whales can be heard over great distances. Each year the whales sing a new song. Haunting melodies of radiant joy which fill the ocean along the East Coast of Australia.

When ecosystems across the planet are collapsing and species are becoming extinct at an accelerating rate, the East Australian Humpback Whales are making a remarkable recovery. They have become Australia’s national treasure and a symbol of hope for our imperilled environment.

We as the new generation of caretakers of the planet Earth have learnt from the mistakes of our elders and are helping nurture the Rebirth of a Species.

© The Oceania Project 2016 All Rights Reserved.

Translated from Waarneming.nl in the Netherlands:

Camperduin, January 16, 2016 – Around 12h50 almost certainly seen a humpback whale was seen off bird migration observation post Camperduin.

Almost certainly a humpback along bird migration observation post Camperduin, going north. Jumped three times out of the water. Twice seen by Daniel Paalvast, once by Gerben Mensink.

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.

Sperm whales beach in Germany again


This video says about itself:

SPERM WHALES ‘ADOPT’ DEFORMED DOLPHIN

25 January 2013

This video depicts a very rare interaction between sperm whales and an adult bottlenose dolphin with a spinal malformation (i.e. scoliosis). This represents the first time this type of non-agonistic (friendly) interaction has been recorded for sperm whales. We published a description of these interactions in the scientific journal “Aquatic Mammals”.

Wilson, A.D.M. and Krause, J. 2013. Repeated non-agonistic interactions between a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in Azorean waters . Aquatic Mammals, 39:89 – 96.

The title of this video is taken from the title chosen for the first media article on this encounter which was published in Science News.

First, two sperm whales beached on Wangerooge island in Germany.

Then, yesterday, five sperm whales beached on Texel island in the Netherlands. A Texel warden’s report on this is here.

Today, three sperm whales beached in Schleswig-Holstein; and one dead sperm whale was found near the estuary of the Weser river, also in Germany.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Michael Dähne of the maritime museum in Stralsund says that about the cause of the sperm whale mortality still nothing can be said. There may be natural causes such as a disease, he says, but the animals may also have been blown off course by sonar signals. Dähne hopes that the investigation into the carcasses will quickly give more clarity on that.

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.