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Holkham beached whale starved to death, CSIP says

Holkham beached whale starved to death, CSIP says

The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) specialists have carried out a post-mortem examination of the whale. Poor animal starved to death after it was washed up on a Norfolk beach. According to the biologists’ data, the whale measuring is 42ft (13m).

The scientists from the CSIP is trying to establish the cause of death of the Holkham juvenile whale. Possibly, the animal has had a spinal abnormality, experts suggest. This could be linked to the starvation to death. Now, the biologists intend to remove the carcas.

Rob Deaville from the CSIP said:

“Evidence from the post-mortem examination indicates that the fin whale had developed a spinal abnormality, which had potentially limited the degree of movement and brought progressive wasting of muscles and death.”

The whale is endangered species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this animal grows to about 26m long and can live to about 90 years old. Norfolk female whale was rather small and very young representative of the wild marine nature.

Jen Adams, from the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, added:

“Fin whales are incredibly rare visitors to Manx waters but what makes this sighting incredible is how shallow the water is where they were.”