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Sperm whale dies after beaching in Britain


A 33-ton sperm whale died Friday in Britain. Photo courtesy British Divers Marine Life Rescue/Facebook

Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A 33-ton sperm whale died after swimming close to the shore in Northumberland, England, animal rescue officials said.

On Thursday, the 43.6-foot-long whale was observed in the shallow waters of the North Sea. On Friday, it became stuck in the sand along the coast line of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and subsequently died. Officials planned a necropsy.

A spokesman for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue said Friday the young male was "probably not going to survive" due to lack of food.

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