Emergency services fear the colossal sperm whale, which washed up on a UK beach, may be dead.
The whale, which measures a massive 10 meters long was beached in Lincolnshire earlier today.
The cachalot was spotted “upright in the water” of Cleethorpes beach, near Grimsby shortly after midday today (April 7).
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British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were called to the scene, but by the time they arrived, the animal was on its side.
A BDMLR spokesperson said: "HM Coastguard and Cleethorpes beach safety team were able to get photographs to help us make a positive identification, and keep the public safe on what can be a dangerous area.
"Unfortunately, the tide was rising quickly and therefore there was no way for BDMLR medics to safely access the whale, and it was soon under the water.
"The beach safety team were able to show our medics CCTV footage of the whale before it became submerged, and it did appear to have passed away."
It's understood that the whale is likely to be a male as it’s uncommon to find females so far north.
They added: "Sperm whales are the largest toothed whale reaching up to 16 metres in length, and can hold their breath for up to 120 minutes while they dive for giant squid."
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The charity noted that "there have been a number of strandings on North Sea coasts over the years".
The spokesperson added: "It seems these animals end up outside their normal habitat in these relatively shallow waters where they struggle to feed and find their way back out, becoming malnourished and disorientated.
"Unfortunately, this means by the time they strand, if alive, they are often in poor health."
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the devolved administrations, has been informed of the incident.
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The BDMLR spokesperson added: "Although the whale is likely to shift position over the next few hours, it is possible it will turn up again on the next low tide.
"It's very important that people keep away from the body of any deceased marine mammal as the reason for it stranding is not known, and disease cannot be ruled out."
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said they were made aware of the beached whale just after midday.
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"Cleethorpes Coastguard rescue team were sent along with British Divers Marine Life Rescue. The whale re-floated on the incoming tide," they added.
Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue wrote on social media: "As we arrived British Divers Marine Life Rescue had just started to make way over to the whale and did not wish for assistance so our team stood down while they continued their work.
"Thank you to the volunteers who attended to help."
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