Kent beached whale on Springwatch


The BBC's Springwatch programme features a sperm whale which stranded off the Kent coast.

In March, the 45ft (13.7m) long mammal died on a beach in Pegwell Bay, near Ramsgate. A preliminary post-mortem investigation found the juvenile male had not eaten for some time and was dehydrated.

Since the initial report nothing more has been discovered about the whale, further tests on the carcass are are still pending.

Rob Deaville from the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme said: "The information collected from stranded sperm whales, like the one at Pegwell Bay, is used to improve their conservation and to also inform people about what kind of animals they are."

Springwatch is on BBC2 at 2000 BST, Mondays to Thursdays until 8 June.

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