The body of a second bottlenose whale has washed up on the Dutch coast near Borssele, dolphin charity SOS Dolfijn has said on Twitter.
A bottlenose adult and calf were first spotted three weeks ago in the Oosterschelde estuary and an adult was found dead near Terneuzen in Zeeland on Monday, leading officials to think the second body may be its calf.
However, SOS Dolfijn now says the second whale would appear to have been about four metres long if the body had been complete, and is likely to have been an adult, not a calf. More research is being carried out at Utrecht University.
Bij Borssele is gisteravond een tweede butskop aangetroffen. Het dier is geschat op 4 meter groot en een deel van het lijf is vanaf de rugvin geamputeerd. Op basis van de lengte zou dit niet een jong maar eventueel volwassen dier zijn. Onderzoek volgt… https://t.co/E4fPZFFm53
— SOSDolfijn (@SOSDolfijn) September 9, 2020
Bottlenose whales normally live in the much deeper waters of Atlantic Ocean. ‘They were probably lost but we don’t know why,’ Utrecht researcher Lonneke IJsseldijk told the AD.
‘The last time a bottlenose whale beached here was in 1993 but something is definitely going on because we have been getting reports of dead bottlenose whales on the coasts of England and Ireland too.’
There have been other unusual sightings in Scottish waters as well.
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