Beached Sperm whale

by Danica

Sperm whales are the largest toothed whale, and the only whale larger than them is the Blue whale (my personal favourite). The most famous of Sperm whales is Moby Dick and today, another Sperm whale got to have his five minutes of fame, but not for a very good reason.

Earlier today a 13-metre, 27-tonne (one account reports it weighed “more than 30 tonnes”) injured Sperm whale got stranded on a beach in Belgium, most likely as a result of its injury. Unfortunately it died before anyone could attempt to rescue it, and the poor guy became an attraction.

The first image I saw of the whale only showed it’s tail, but the other images I saw once I clicked on the corresponding articles were actually quite gruesome and terribly heartbreaking.

A 13 metre sperm whale that died on a Belgian beach becomes a point of interest for locals.


Stranded ... the dead sperm whale.


A sperm whale lies on the water's edge after it became stranded on the beach of Knokke-Heist, Belgium, yesterday


Scientists inspect the sperm whale stranded on a Belgium beach after it accidentally ended up in the North Sea

Seeing these photos seriously breaks my heart. I wish there was something I could do to stop all whales from ever getting stuck on beaches.

Another ocean giant meets a tragic end
Injured 45ft sperm whale washes up on beach and dies before it can be saved | Mail Online

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