Watch – Tragic! Dead whales washed up near Felixstowe

Three minke whales have died and another two are in distress off the coast of the UK. The first sighting of the dead whale, a calf, was spotted on a mudbank in the River Orre, Near Felixstowe, on Saturday afternoon.

Another dead adult whale, thought to be the calf’s mother, was seen in the water. Officials have sealed off an area of Felixstowe Pier in Suffolk after the 30ft mother whale washed up there.

John Cresswell, from the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service, thinks this weekend’s deaths could be down to two possible factors.

He said: “Sometimes whales can’t get very good sonar transmission near mud banks, which means they end up at shore.

“I also believe that the wind turbines would have contributed to this, as whales aren’t able to communicate properly when wind turbines are being used.”

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