A POD of at least ten huge whales washed up on a beach in Yorkshire today with five already feared dead.
The mammals were spotted on the beach between Tunstall and Withernsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, this morning.
A pod of whales washed up on a beach in Yorkshire this morning[/caption]
Five of the whales are already feared dead[/caption]
Rescuers believe five of the animals are already dead with the surviving five left to die as they are unable to be saved.
The Coastguard is currently on the scene with the public urged to stay away from the area.
Dramatic pictures show the tragic whales still in the water as rescuers try to find a way to remove them.
Emily Mayman, 30, an experienced medic with British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said: “We suspect it’s about 10 whales. But we’re waiting on more information at the moment.
“We’re not sure what caused this – but sometimes you get this happening to sperm whales dotted around the coastline.
“It’s a massive shame.
“There’s not much we can do with them. They are such big animals. Their skulls alone are so heavy so rescue operations are very difficult.
“They are a deep diving species, it’s not in their best interest to try and put them back out again.
“It’s very sad to see because they may be sick.”
The animals are believed to be sperm whales[/caption]
The animals are understood to be sperm whales, which can grow up to 16m in length and weigh between 35,000kg and 57,000kg.
It was originally believed there were seven whales, but this has now changed.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed they received a call just before 8.30am from a member of the public.
They have now joined Humberside Police for the rescue mission, which has been hampered by the rising tide.
A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The relevant authorities have been informed including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Receiver of Wreck, the local authority and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue who are also on the scene to assess the situation.
“Members of the public are asked to stay away from the scene to allow the authorities to work safely.”
There have been frequent reports of whales washing up on British beaches over the past few years.
In May this year, a huge 40ft fin whale washed up dead in Clacton-on-Sea.
And in February, a giant endangered fin whale died after crushing its internal organs on a rock on a Cornish beach.
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A report last year, led by Rob Deaville of the Zoological Society of London, found 4,896 whales, dolphins and porpoises died on UK beaches between 2011 and 2017.
These figures demonstrate a 15 per cent rise on data from the previous seven years.
The growing number of carcasses may be an indication of a threat to UK marine life but dead whales can also be a danger to humans as they can carry infections and even explode.
A rescue mission is now underway[/caption]