The Pegwell Bay Sperm Whale

In the early hours of the 3rd March, an enormous sperm whale beached at Pegwell Bay near Ramsgate. You can read about it here on the Kent Online website. (Warning: Reading the comments on this article may destroy your faith in mankind.)

I found myself fascinated by this story as I used to live in Ramsgate and this is quite an unusual event. How did it get there? Was it ill, or thrown off course for some reason, or hit by a boat? Does this mean, as some have suggested, that the Apocalypse is nigh? (Er… No.)

It seems the people from the Natural History Museum are going to investigate and try to find out what happened to it. I’m not one to get overly emotional about this sort of thing (and from a practical point of view I certainly don’t envy the task faced by Thanet District Council of removing five tons of dead whale from the beach), but it does make you think- one minute you’re happily swimming about in the big blue ocean, looking all majestic, and the next you find yourself dumped on a beach- in Thanet, of all places. Poor creature.

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