Three lifeless whales have been noticed floating off the North Yorkshire coast, after apparantly changing into trapped in fishing nets and lobster chains.
One carcass was seen floating close to Staithes and Sandsend, starting to decompose and bloat. Two others had beached, already lifeless, near Whitby’s piers with nets nonetheless round them.
Footage posted on-line confirmed one having to be dragged away by a tractor.
The animals – minke whales – had been noticed on Tuesday by passengers aboard a Whitby Whale Watching vessel.
Such creatures at the moment are a daily sight off the Yorkshire coast, the place they are often seen following shoals of herring by way of the North Sea in the summer season months.
Ryan Chadwick, a wildlife artist who was aboard the vacationer boat, mentioned: “We had seen 50 bottlenose dolphins on the journey, however everybody was simply so depressed by the sight of the whale.”
He mentioned it was believed the animals had turn into entangled in the lobster pot chains, huge heavy-duty trammels arrange by native fishermen which run from pots on the seabed as much as buoys on the floor.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Mr Chadwick added: “We had been about 15 miles out once we noticed it…
“We assume it had solely been lifeless for about two hours, because it hadn’t swollen up. The mom was close by and she or he was swimming round and blowing in misery.
“Two extra had been later found, one rotting close to Whitby Pier with fishing line round its neck. The different appeared like lobster pot wire. The skipper thought one among them would possibly find yourself beaching in the Runswick Bay space, judging by the path it was drifting.”
At least three different whales have been killed in separate incidents involving fishing gear off the Yorkshire coast in the previous decade.