A sperm whale about 13 meters in length, stranded on the Belgian North Sea coast and died.
Scientists from the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences presented on Wednesday laid the death of the animal on the beach of the seaside resort Knokke-Heist. The carcass of the injuries had to be investigated.
The whale was estimated to be ten years old and weighs 20 tons. When he was stranded in the morning, he was still alive. Several hundred spectators watched in subzero temperatures and biting wind its death throes. “It’s sad to see such a spectacle,” said Jerome Van Mechelen, one of the passers-by. It has been speculated that the whale from a boat or been driven before, was ill. Sperm whales are the largest toothed whale, the largest whales are actually the blue whale.
On the coast of the North stranded whales rarely, because the sea is too shallow for them actually. The recent cases of the Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences are to decline in the years 1994 and 2004. There is no universally accepted phenomenon for the scientific explanation.