February 16 2016

Those poor sperm whales!

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sperm whales by JGordon

Hi everyone.

I’m sitting at home, tucked up in my nice, warm office, and just got a message from Sea Watch Foundation. They want me to tell you all about the problems that have been going on in the UK with all the poor, poor sperm whales.

We get many types of whale species in the UK – minke whale, fin whale, pilot whale, killer whale and many others including the sperm whale. These are the curious looking ones with the huge, square heads (Moby Dick is a sperm whale!!)

Well, some sperm whales recently got themselves into a lot of trouble. Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) call it – The largest sperm whale stranding EVER recorded in the North Sea. Tweet:  29 sperm whales ended up stuck and stranded on beaches dying!!!

SWF have put this really useful map together which shows when and where the strandings took place.
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It’s hard to believe that so many whales have died, isn’t it!? Why has this happened?? SWF say it’s to do with the whales following squid (which they just adore to eat) into an area of sea which was too shallow for them. So sad :o((

To find out more about this, and see some pictures of what happened too, then click here.

 


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Posted 16th February 2016 by Kirsten Hintner in category "Uncategorized

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Written by Kirsten Hintner, The Magic Dolphin was also the brain child of renowned scientist Dr Peter Evans, well known for his award winning work within cetacean conservation and research charity Sea Watch Foundation. This fun yet educational blog is a continuation of the children's book, written through the eyes of Lucy Hensure, the main human character. Kirsten Hintner has had a varied career as writer, filmmaker and producer, working for many and varied bodies including the BBC, Anglia TV, The Open University, PETA, British Red Cross, Banardos to name just a few. She runs her own company Kirsten Hintner Productions. Kirsten has several years experience working with children and young adults on filming projects and various educational enterprises. In 2010, she ran a series of environmental filming workshops for schools in Pembrokeshire, the two film products winning first and second prizes in their respective categories at a National Schools Media Awards Ceremony in 2011. She is the Creative Administrator of Sea Watch’s Adopt A Dolphin scheme, and is also Editor of its newsletters. She has had a passion for conservation and the welfare of animals and wildlife since a very young child, and her aim is to make a difference within the world of conservation and welfare, and to help protect animals and threatened species internationally.

Love Kirsten x

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