Beached Sperm Whale.

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Tuesday May 31, 2011

Gerard Tubb, north of England correspondent

A desperate rescue mission to save a giant sperm whale beached on the northern east coast of England has failed.

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Marine experts with the body of a giant sperm whale in Redcar

The stricken mammal, which was more than 40ft long, was first spotted on Redcar beach by a dog walker as the tide went out at 6am.

Cleveland Police were alerted and marine experts rushed to the scene to try and help the creature.

The coastguard put up a cordon as officials from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity battled to save the whale.

It was partially submerged on the beach and in distress. Firefighters used their jets to spray it in a bid to keep it alive but by 9am, it had died.

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Firefighters doused the whale with water but it died later

Marine experts say the mammal, which lives of giant squid and fish in the Atlantic, could have died from natural causes.

As post mortem tests were conducted. hundreds of people were flocking to the beach to see the whale’s body.

Hoardes of day trippers, locals and holiday makers were enjoying the sunshine and taking pictures of the spectacle.

Redcar resident Sean Cunningham, 33, had stopped off on his way to Scarborough with his 20-month-old son Ethan.

“We said ‘You won’t find one of them at the Sea life Centre will you?’ and came down here instead,” he said.

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The giant sperm whale was found when the tide went out

Grandmother Shelia Hagger, 67, diverted from a trip to visit her mother-in-law and was watching from a bench on the coastal path.

“My husband and grandchildren are down there but this is close enough for me. It’s a shame it has died,” she said.

Neighbourhood watch manager Marion Walker, was patrolling the coastal path in a high visibility jacket and a megaphone in her hand.

“It’s huge isn’t it?”, she said as she looked across the sand at the 8ft-high whale surrounded by blue coastguard tape and a string of onlookers.

Richard Ilderton from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue told Sky News the whale had stopped breathing at 9am but because they can hold their breath for about an hour they had to wait to make sure it was dead.

“It wasn’t a very good prognosis from the start,” he said as he watched colleagues begin collecting samples to be sent away for analysis.

“It shouldn’t be in the North Sea and it looks malnourished. Its teeth are quite worn so it could be old.”

The whale will be dragged up the beach by a local demolition firm and a vet from the Zoological Society of London will take measurements and more samples.
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“Redcar” is my local beach and indeed have walked along it countless times.

Also it is the very place Terry and I sail past as we head for the best fishing ground. I would have liked to have seen the Sperm Whale when it was alive swimming in the water around the boat. But not so interested in seeing the poor animal lying dead on the beach,  somewhat too morbid for me.

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 Cherno update.

Cherno ate a little last night but could not keep it down and vomited it back up during the night.  He has eaten some scrambled eggs this morning, hope he can keep it down this time. He is drinking plenty of water so that is good.

 

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UPDATE

Cherno shall be returning to the Vet tomorrow (sat ) because of his vomiting. His appetite is ravenous and is taking in ample amounts of fluid. He is up for a little horse play and is chasing flies around the garden as normal. He just can’t keep his food down. Because of this I feel it necessary not to wait untill his next booked appointment which is Thursday the 9th.

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UPDATE

Had Cherno at the Vets yesterday morning (Sat) and explained that Cherno  still  can’t keep his food down.  The Vet thought that it may be the antibiotics that were making him vomit So the Vet changed the type of antibiotic tablets he had been prescribed on Tuesday. I told the Vet that he had been vomiting since “before” he started on the antibiotics.  The Vet made no comment . He then administered another 2 injections and gave me a bottle of “Antepsin” to try and calm his tummy. The Vet told me to keep the Thursday appointment that had already had been arranged.  At present Cherno had his meds this morning and  eaten a little scrambled egg and rice. 4 hours later he is sleeping and I am waiting to see what happens when he wakes up. That is all I can do for the poor fellow.

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UPDATE

I think tha Antepsin is doing it’s job, Cherno has not parted with his food since he was started on it. That was Saturday. He is still only eating scrambled egg and rice for breakfast. But tonight I shall add some boiled Chicken and fingers crossed he shall keep it down. If all is well I shall begin to add small amounts of his normal food.  Hopefully Cherno has turned the corner. “hopefully” that is !

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UPDATE

Had Cherno at the Vet’s again today (Thursday) The vet appeared to be quite sure that Cherno’s problem is an ulcerated stomach. Hence the black motions, Cherno passed another last night. But has not vomited for a nearly a week now. He was given a repeat prescription minus the jabs. The Vet advised me to keep him on small amounts of easy digestible food 3/4 times a day. So I am waiting still for his motions to become normal. It will be a relief when they do. Yes I am suspect Cherno is over the worst and is well on his way to a full recovery.  When he produces a normal motion I shall be sure ! Until then anxious I shall remain.

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“ALL FOR THE LOVE OF OUR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS “

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67 responses to “Beached Sperm Whale.

  1. Hope that you have a relaxing weekend Kenny… and that each day your gaining strength… sending you a Cosmic Hug… on this 11:11:11 day…
    Dreamwalker.. 🙂

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  2. Hi Kenny I am delighted that you are feeling better now my friend and that Cherno too is also… The only way is UP now my friend,, Keep soaring to the heights of wellness and many Blessings are sent your way and Thank you for taking the time to drop in to let me know how you are… Have A Relaxing Sunday….. Its a mild day here in the Midlands with Sun today.. 🙂 Keep shining your light. 🙂

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  3. Dropping in again Kenny to see how you are my friend, Sending you some thoughts and hope you are well ?

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  4. I do hope that you are well Sir Kenny2dogs Hutch
    as I have not seen you posting anything for absolutely
    ages my great friend…

    Do call into my Space when you return 🙂

    Androgoth

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  5. Hi Kenny just dropping by, its been a while since I’ve seen a new Blog.. I hope that you are ok and Cherno is also well…. I read the comments and Im pleased he is doing well .. Now all we need is you to have more energy and we will all be happy.. Thinking of you Kenny and thanks for dropping by to click the like button.. You have been in my thoughts and Im sending.. Dreamwalker

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  6. Heyyyyyy my dear Kenny,
    I miss you so, I hope those stupid pills get over making you tired. I long to see the sparkle in your eyes and the drool on Cherno’s face when he chases the stick you have him fetch.
    Give Cherno a big pat pat from me and tell him I hope he doesn’t have to take tired pills. too! 😉
    Big big warm feathery hug,
    Raven of Leyla xox

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  7. Dear Kenny, The summer is galloping by, and I hope it finds you and Cherno in good health and good spirits, my fine friend.

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    • Hello Monica. Cherno is doing fine now, so that is a great weight of my shoulders. I have not been so active on w/p of late, Don’t give up on me, I am here as ever. Just having a little difficulty visiting friends pages. It is nothing personal lol.
      Take care you lovely lady.

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  8. I am just calling in to say hello Kenny,
    and to wish you a fine weekend… This
    Sun is a welcomed change, though it
    is difficult dodging the rays sometimes

    I Hope That Cherno Is Well Too…

    Androgoth 🙂

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    • just been reading your previous comments and I am very happy that Cherno is doing so well, I do hope that you are feeling better today too and not too tired our wickedly great friend…

      Androgoth

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      • Yes Andorgoth, Cherno is doing fine now, I am ok I guess, just this weariness will not let go of me. Hopefully in time I shall be feeling like my old self.
        Take care Androgoth.

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  9. Caught your light on a fly by…
    Thinking of you and Cherno
    with a big warm feathery hug
    and an extra pat for Cherno:)

    Miss you 😉

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    • Hi Raven, I have not been very active of late while Cherno has been ill. Plus, because of the tablets I have to take I find myself feeling quite tired. But you are in my thoughts.
      be well Raven x

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  10. Hi Kenny I am just dropping in to see how you are doing and to see how Cherno is faring now, its been a while since I last dropped by.. I read his updates on the 14th July I hope progress is still being made and he is getting stronger… have a good Sunday.. Dreamwalker

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    • Hi Sue, Cherno is doing very well But he is still on steroids. The vet is pleased with him and so am i . I came close to losing him. But he is very much better now.
      Take care ~Dreamwalker~

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  11. I am just calling by at this rather late hour
    to wish you and Cherno very well… Have a
    most excellent weekend now and do take
    some time out in your garden, or a walk in
    the fresh air my wickedly great friend…

    Be very well Sir Kenny2dogs Hutch

    Androgoth 😉

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  12. I am very pleased about Cherno’s progress Kenny,
    and I can understand you wanting a bit of time out
    of WordPress, it does get a bit hectic sometimes, I
    think that the resting will do you good… I will keep
    calling by and see if you have posted anything…

    I haven’t shut My Gothic Realm to you Kenny, it
    is sort of crowded at the moment with it being on
    a Private setting… I will re-add you when you are
    back here again… Be very well now Kenny and of
    course the same for your lovely dog Cherno…

    Androgoth

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  13. Dear Kenny, Missing you on WordPress and worried lots about Cherno. Thinking of you both and sending hearty thoughts your way.

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    • Hi Monica. Cherno is doing just fine now, but he is still taking steroids. Hopefully he shall come off them when i see the vet next wednesday. I am having a rest from w/p…. life has been bowling me a few curved balls lately, so just doing as little as possible until I am back to my old self.
      take care my friend.
      Kenny !!!

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      • OK – good news on the Cherno front. As for you, take good care. Your buddies on w/p will be happy to have you back whenever, are thinking of you in the meantime.

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  14. Hi, Kenny,

    How sad a story. Wow, I’d guess it was in all the English newspapers. Aside from the story, I felt a little nostalgic–if I were still living in England, I’d have known about this and been reading about it every day. Thanks to you, I feel like I was there, sad as it is.

    So glad to hear that you and Terry are going fishing again! Really, really happy to know that.

    I’m back blogging after a hiatus–my husband hasn’t been doing well, so my entire focus has been on caring for him. Things are a little better now. I’m behind the times on your blog and prolly can’t catch up, but I’m happy I’ll be able to be here from now on–at least until the next medical setback and that , hopefully, will be a very long time from now!

    Very best wishes to you, Kenny!

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    • Hello Rita, yes very sad about the whale. Hopefully my next post shall be a positive one. I guessed your silence of late was due to your moving house and all that entails. But it also crossed my mind that your hubby might not be too well, with all the comotion and disturbence . Pleased to read he is feeling better now. I think of you both often.
      My very best wishes to you also Rita.

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  15. Have a wicked weekend Sir Kenny2dogs Hutch

    Androgoth ; )

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    • Hi Androgoth, apologize for absence but all my attention has been focused on Cherno. He is not so good as I thought he was. He has been found to be anemic. His immune system is destroying his red blood cells. I realy don’t know how it is going turn out. Anyways have a great weekend yourself Androgoth.
      Kenny.

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      • Let us hope that the Vet can offer some
        sound advice and a hopeful treatment for
        Cherno… I know you will be caring for him
        our great friend…

        Take good care of yourself too you know…

        Androgoth

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  16. Are you alright our great friend, I have not seen you on here
    for quite some time now, I do hope that both yourself and the
    great Cherno are okay…

    Call by whenever you have the opportunity Kenny…

    Androgoth

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  17. Have a fine weekend Kenny and I do hope that both you and your beautiful dog Cherno are well and happy… It is a most horrible weekend but it can only improve my great friend… Be good now

    Androgoth

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  18. I am just calling by to see how you and Cherno are getting along… I hope that he is well now our great friend and that you too are beginning to take in the fresh air that is the summer… Yes a little wet at the moment with all the rain but whatever you are doing I hope that you are feeling much better… Be very well now Kenny2dogs Hutch

    Androgoth

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  19. Wish you a nice week..
    Hugs….Nicki

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  20. HooOOOOWWWWwwwwLLLLoooooo Cherno!! I do hope you’re on the mend now…it is cold and wet under the old oak tree and Timid one has been curled up in a little ball of sodden icewolf fur for far too long now 😉 It is almost the time of Full Moon…so I hope you will be well enough to pad over to the old oak tree…otherwise I shall have to get Kenny to step in and take your place! Nudge nudge wink wink!!! 😉 ….Soggy Timid one!

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  21. Good, good and glad he is doing better. Who knew an ulcerated stomach could bring a dog down like that…they are more human-like than we know. And how are you feeling these days my friend?
    BTW:: every time I hear this song “just when I needed you most” it makes me wonder who could do that to such a kind man like you?
    None of my business, but some people don’t know what they have.
    Be well.
    Rx

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  22. First thank you for keeping us informed over Cherno Kenny, I bet your mind at ease a little at least you now have had his condition Identified and it can be treated, much like us humans who suffer from digestive and stomach ulcers, diet and medication the key.. lets hope he now can start to mend.. And you can relax a little and stop your worrying.

    Second: So sad about the Sperm Whale, there seems to more and more instances of Beached Whales, Dolphins, etc as if their navigation has gone haywire, But maybe its not their navigation but the magnetic grids in which they follow are altering and shifting slightly in which Science is now saying, as even some airports have had to alter their equipment as Auto navigation has become out of line in some areas due to the slight shifts in the magnetic poles.. Also Bird migration is being affected with species of bird landing in different zones than usual.. Nature is a never ending mystery my friend.. and lets hope that no more get lost and end up on the beach..

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  23. Oh that is encouraging news, but an ulcerated stomach? Poor Cherno! No wonder he’s been feeling so out of sorts. I’m sure he will fearlessly pass a good healthy motion again soon 🙂 Probably a bit like with us when we have the misfortune to suffer with one of the wide varieties of stomach problems we manage to be afflicted with, it will take a little time for” business as usual” to resume with the internal plumbing etc etc 😉 Same with his digestive system given that his stomach is likely still feeling somewhat delicate and sensitive just now. Good to hear he’s getting back on track and hoping his full recovery now comes along in leaps and bounds… Wuffly hugs for him 🙂 And for you…try not to feel too anxious! Prob’ a tall order right now but we don’t want you getting ulcers too do we?!! …. Timid one 🙂

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  24. Hi Kenny,
    First let me say that I trust both you and Cherno are doing well.
    It always distresses me to read of mammals of the sea beaching themselves….there have been so many and one wonders why. A lone whale may actually be sick and ready to depart this world as we know it. A lot at once…..! who knows why?
    Take care Kenny and be well, both you and Cherno

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    • Hi Kate.
      Yes a social animal sometimes will take itself off away from the herd etc, when it is failing.
      But as you say “a lot at once” is a complete mystery and a terrible terrible sight. A terrible sight I hope never to see on my beach.
      Take care Kate, xx

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  25. HoooOOOOoWWWwwLLLLooooooo! Hope Cherno’s still showing signs of improvement and his visit to the vet’s Thurs’ has a positive and encouraging outcome…in the meantime Timid one is getting very stiff and cold all on her own behind the Old Oak Tree 😉 Might even be developing a bad case of wolfie kennel cough!! Tried tugging on Cherno’s tail when he has his “horse play” head on but he sends me off with a wolfie flea in my ear!! Get well soon Cherno…who knows what trouble Kenny will get into when you’re not supervising him!! ….Timid one 🙂

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    • I am sure when Cherno has regained his fitness, he shall be hot footing it to the old Oak tree. I am off to the vet soon when I get back I shall publish another “update”.
      “Trouble”…ME, lol to long in the tooth for that. Well errrrm…. just a little sometimes may be 😉

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  26. One wonders what could have brought it to this place…they seem to stay together in groups. I always wonder if it is somehow by the fault of humans….suppose that is guilt by default. No matter what it is so sad to see this happen to such a magnificent creature.
    I have not been by for a while, but you and Cherno have been in my thoughts. I am glad to hear the Antespin is working….sick companions touch our hearts and they rock our world when they are well. Hope you are feeling well, my friend.
    Warm feathery hugs,
    Raven xox

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    • Hi Raven, It is one of those unfathomables, just as to why these things happen. I expect in time they shall come up with the real reason why.
      Yes Cherno is doing better than he was last week, but he is still not himself. Sometimes he is up for a little horse play. The next moment he is not so keen to play.
      Be well Raven x

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  27. Really like these updates, Kenny. Fingers still crossed, just for the heck of it.

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  28. so glad to hear cherno kept his food down you must be relieved i got heidi some new meds today people on here been great kirsten told me what would help her so went into town and got it ester c hope it helps her have a good week kenny xxjen

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  29. That’s really good news re Cherno 🙂 Just remind him about the Old Oak Tree now….bound to perk him up and hasten his return to full health 😉 Wolfie nibbles and licks (for Cherno that is!!) from Timid one 🙂

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  30. i haven’t had any updates for your last blogs so I must apologise for not calling in to see you our great friend, I last commented on Cherno but I will have to call back later to catch up on things…

    These whales are losing their way all the time now, it is most tragic and unfortunate that such beautiful mammals have this awful dilemma… Something is restricting their Sonar, as direction is usually second nature to them…

    I will call again later today Sir Kenny2dogs Hutch

    Androgoth

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    • Hi Androgoth, Yes my alerts are not working so good either. I must visit people and check if they have made any new posts. Most unhelpful me thinks.

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      • Yes it’s a right pain in the…
        Well you know? lol Sorry
        that I didn’t get back here
        when I said, but I am just
        taking a browse right now
        so I hope that you are in
        fine fettle this evening?

        Be very well now Kenny

        Androgoth

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  31. Hi Kenny, just padding by to enquire about poorly Cherno…but I see you are kindly posting updates. I do hope this time he will keep his food down and you see some really positive improvements with him. That he feels up to chasing flies around the garden has got to be a good sign too so paws crossed for his speedy recovery.
    Timid one 🙂

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    • Hello Timid one, Yes Cherno is keeping his food down for 2 days now. I think the meds he was prescribed on Saturday are settling his tummy.
      Be well Timid one. and thank you for your concern.

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  32. just came to see hoping you had an update on poor cherno i hope hes feeling better and manageing to keep food down xxjen

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  33. i have a fascination in death but not a morbid way i have seen it many times with loved ones i am interested in why so mny fear it and how hard we fight against it we certainly do have a strong spirit wihin which is hard to break humans are very strong when we put up that fight xxjen

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  34. Very happy to have good news about Cherno. Also would have loved to see the whale in its element, not dead on the beach. Best to you and Cherno, Kenny

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    • Yes Monica I am pleased with Cherno. But I would be more pleased if he stopped vomiting.
      Yes that is the way to view Whales etc. Wild and free not dead on a beach or swimming in a circle at a zoo.

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      • Dear Kenny, Please take him back in. He must be getting very weak. Someday we can compare vet stories, but not now.

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        • Cherno shall be going back to the vet tomorrow Monica, because of his vomiting. His appetite is ravenous and is drinking plenty of fluid. He is up for a little horse play and is chasing flies around the garden as normal. Just can’t keep his food down.

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  35. felt so sad when i saw this on the news this is the second one to beach itself on redcars coast very sad they sat they are going to make a plaque to remember him i wouldnt have gone it would have made me cry so pleased cherno showing good signs xxjen

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  36. It is so sad when these things happens to our marine life…and sad too that so many humans flock to see a stricken whale recently lost to us, and yet likely as not have no interest in viewing these magnificent creatures of the waves and sea in their natural environment, wild, free and living.
    So pleased to see here that Cherno is responding to his antibiotics, it does take a few days to show…I only saw the post today as Read Subscriptions page has been down since w/p updated and it wasn’t linked with Spaces this time! I’ve added you to email notifications so hopefully that won’t happen again… Timid one 🙂

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    • They say he was an old Whale with well worn teeth, and as we know old people can loose their faculties. Perhaps he had developed the Whales equivalent of dementia.

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  37. summer breeze

    How sad he couldnt be saved and how sad that people feel they have to flock there to see his dead body!
    I’m glad cherno is getting a bit better now. hopefully as each day passes he will get stronger and be back to his old self again.
    Summer Breeze

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    • I think those with a morbid fascination in death, have a difficulty connecting with life and the World around them.
      Yes Cherno is picking up now the antibiotics seem to be doing their job.
      Peace to you Summer Breeze.

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  38. Robin commented on how unusual it is for Sperm whales to beach.

    Lots of healing prayers and thoughts for poor Cherno wishing him a speedy recovery xxxx

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    • Yes the Sperm Whale is used to the much deeper waters of the Atlantic. Feeding on Giant Squid. No Squid to be found here in the North sea, they say the poor fellow starved to death. He must have been totally disorientated, to swim across the Atlantic into the channel and up the east coast.
      Hey may however, have entered the North sea from the North Either way he was a world away from where he should have been.

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