Beaked whale stranded at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

28.09.2015 07:42
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Fishermen save beached whale

Anglers lead the beaked whale back into deeper waters - © Andreas Müller
Anglers lead the beaked whale back into deeper waters, ©Andreas Müller

Last Friday morning, on September 25th, fishermen found a stranded beaked whale in well-Wiek, a bay on the Baltic coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. After some initial confusion, the fishermen quickly directed the animal, measuring four to five metres, to deeper waters. There, the animal dived in and disappeared from the scene.

"Based on the photos that were taken, we presume that it is either a very rare beaked whale, or most probably a northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus)," said Dr Harald Benke, Director of the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund.

He added that beaked whales mostly fed on squid, preferred the deep sea and could dive to over 1,000 metres deep.

The beaked whale swims away - © Andreas Müller
The beaked whale swims away, © Andreas Müller

Since 1634, four bottlenose whales have been found dead in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Between 1863 and 1894, three of them were discovered in Zingst, Rosehagen and Ahlbeck, at Usedom. The body of one of them is now at the German Oceangraphic Museum.

Then, on 23 August 1993, a mother and her calf were stranded in Hiddensee. Unfortunately, only the calf survived. The skeleton of the mother whale currently serves as one of the exhibits at the Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund, Germany.

In the event of another stranding in the area of Stralsund, the public is advised to contact the Museum at telephone number: +49 (0) 176 - 22 32 56 05.

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