Whale in Norfolk river has died

The Fin Whale in King's Lynn has died. Picture: Ian Burt

The Fin Whale in King's Lynn has died. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A whale which swam up the river to King's Lynn has died.

The whale has been found dead at low tide this afternoon Picture: Ian Burt

The whale has been found dead at low tide this afternoon Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

The young fin whale was first seen in the Great Ouse in the town yesterday morning. The 15ft calf had deep gashes in its back and sides.

It was carried out as far as the Babingley infall as the tide in the river went out.

But it was brought back into town during the early evening when the tide came back in again, and sighted today along various areas of the waterfront.

Experts from British Divers Marine Life Rescue have been keeping the animal under observation. This afternoon, they confirmed it had died.

Fin whale in the river at King's Lynn. Photo: James Lowen

Fin whale in the river at King's Lynn. Photo: James Lowen - Credit: James Lowen


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BDMLR spokesman Julia Cable said: 'The whale was stranding so many times it's possible it ran out of energy and may have drowned.'

Its carcass has come to rest on the West Lynn bank of the river.

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It is lying in a culvert, which joins the main river opposite Common Staithe Quay and the Custom House.

A small crowd has gathered to see the creature. Hairdresser Sarah Buhlemann, from West Lynn, said: 'It's not very often you see a whale down here.

The culvert at West Lynn where the creature was found Picture: Ian Burt

The culvert at West Lynn where the creature was found Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

'It's a bit morbid but it's been the talk at the hairdresser's all day. It's a once in a lifetime experience.'

Police and the Environment Agency are surveying the scene.

Insp Mark Askham of King's Lynn police, said: 'We're devising a plan for extraction and the EA are the lead on this.'

The Fin Whale in King's Lynn has died. Picture: Ian Burt

The Fin Whale in King's Lynn has died. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

The Fin Whale in King's Lynn has died. Picture: Ian Burt

The Fin Whale in King's Lynn has died. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A cordon has been put in place around the bank in West Lynn, where the dead Fin Whale lays. Picture:

A cordon has been put in place around the bank in West Lynn, where the dead Fin Whale lays. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A cordon has been put in place around the bank in West Lynn, where the dead Fin Whale lays. Picture:

A cordon has been put in place around the bank in West Lynn, where the dead Fin Whale lays. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

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