Yesterday, a CSIP team from ZSL carried out a necropsy on the whale which had been found floating dead in the Thames near Gravesend last Friday. The whale turned out to be a 9.7m juvenile female sei whale, which is a relatively unusual species for the UK. This is only the seventh sei whale to be recorded stranded in the UK since the inception of the UK strandings programme in 1990.
Photo credits: Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme- UK strandings
Whalecome to our new whale of the month, the sei whale, Balaenoptera borealis! This mysterious baleen whale is the third largest of the rorqual family. It is also an endangered species that was hunted to near-extinction and is now slowly recovering. Here are a couple of cool facts about the sei whale. >> read more … Meer lezen