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Stranded beak whales may have died of starvation

2019-08-07T17:34:52.923Z

It was Sunday that a dead beak was found in the Åbyfjord. Now zoologists from the Natural History Museum have autopsied the choices to try to find a cause of death. - We didn't find any other errors with it, but the gastrointestinal system was completely empty, says Peter Nilsson, zoologist.



Several beak whales have recently been observed on the west coast. Last Sunday, three people were rescued in the Åbyfjord, outside the Nordic Ark in Sotenäs municipality. But later that day, a dead beak was found.

Peter Nilsson, zoologist at the Natural History Museum, says the elections may have died of starvation, something that P4 West was the first to report.

- Partly it may be that it has not found any food, but it could also be due to some illness. In any case, it had not been eating for very long, he says.

Unknown why they are stranded

The beak whales should not have had any obvious physical damage. But he also points out that it has been difficult to see clearly when the elections were also postponed to the cliffs. With them back to Stockholm, the zoologists have brought with them the skeleton of the whales, as well as tissue samples.

He says that it is generally unknown why whales beach. After the last glimpses of the elections, Peter Nilsson says that no information has been received that more people have been seen. He urges the public to contact them if you see more whales.

Below is a clip from when the Nebb whales were rescued last Sunday.

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Three beak whales were due in the Åbyfjord. Photo: Mats Höggren

Source: svt

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