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A sperm whale beached itself and died; this is what happened (1)
Posted By: Fries, 01-11-2021, 05:49 PM

Sperm whales are not native to the North Sea. It is simply to shallow. But sometimes they loose their way and end up on a beach like this one; on the island of Vlieland. It does not happen that very often and according to the law they have to be disposed. A pilot program has been developed to transport whales like this to places where they can decompose naturally. But a decision about that has not been made yet and this whale was chopped up with some parts saved for further research by scientists. I attended with my camera man for the regional news and made some photo's. This is the first installment. More photo's will follow in a new post.



1. On the first day they tried to move the whale further up the beach




5. And this is where this giant ended up on the end of the day.

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01-19-2021, 04:47 PM   #16

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Good to see 'Prince Harry' out there tying on the strops...:-)

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Good to see 'Prince Harry' out there tying on the strops...:-)
No I see the resemblance too! Good one. You probably won't expect there to be humor whilst a small army of people is cutting up a magnificent sea mammal but there was. One moment my cameraman was pulling me aside and pointed to a woman further away from the carcass cutting in something I did not recognize. "You know what that is", he asked with the beginnings of a smile on his face and I didn't know. "That's one of its testikels", he said and nodded in the general direction of that bloody business taking place with his smile widening. I didn't take a picture of it though...

The overall atmosphere was quite lighthearted. No doubt aided by the fact that lots of the researchers present on the second day hadn't have a chance to work together in such numbers for a long time due to Covid restrictions.

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