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Whale seen off Norfolk coast

PUBLISHED: 11:42 04 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:34 04 November 2019

A fin whale which was washed up on the beach between Burnham Overy Staithe and Holkham in October 2016. Picture: Chris Bishop

A fin whale which was washed up on the beach between Burnham Overy Staithe and Holkham in October 2016. Picture: Chris Bishop

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A large whale has been sighted off the north Norfolk coast.

The creature was first seen off Cley, around 1,500m offshore, heading for Blakeney.

Norfolk Cetaceans blog posted this morning: "Trevor Williams saw a large whale off East Bank at Cley just now. From the description given it was most likely a fin whale 1,500m offshore heading west towards Blakeney Point."

A number of fin whales have stranded along the coast in recent winters, when the creatures' migration is in full swing.

But later naturalist Carl Chapman, who curates the blog, posted: "I obtained brief and distant views of the large cetacean off Cley this morning.

"It was better seen by others who tell me it was 'blowing' and was seen to tail fluke although it was always distant.

"This would eliminate both minke and fin whale. The view I obtained was that of the head which looked more Humpback like. Given the poor views I feel it must remain in the large whale category."

It comes after reports last week of a whale seen off Sheringham.

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