This years Sea Watch Foundation National Whale and Dolphin watch event will be held on Sunday 6th August from the slope at Overstrand off Coast Road NR27 0NG. The watch will start at 11am and go on until 5pm. Please come and join us for as long as you feel able. You may also like to set up your own watch within the National Whale and Dolphin Week 29th July to 6th August. If you do please call me on 01263 576 995 and I’ll let you have the details you need – any help in recording cetaceans off Norfolk during this national event would be appreciated.
I had the opportunity of examining the cadaver of the cetacean on Titchwell beach the day before yesterday. It does in fact appear to be a 4.7m long female SOWERBY’S BEAKED WHALE. This is around the ninth record for Norfolk. Although conclusive ID is difficult with female beaked whales when they are in the best of condition let alone in an advanced state of decay I am 99% sure of the identification. However just to be sure a sample was taken, under licence, for possible DNA analysis. What was possibly the same animal was seen and photographed by a fisherman (John Thompson) floating about 20 miles off Burnham Overy around the 6th July before it made landfall at Titchwell (reported by Baz Scampion). Looking at the lesions on the rear dorsal area the animal appeared to have suffered trauma consistent with a ship strike.
Many thanks to Chris Booth, Paul Eele and the others in the Titchwell RSPB team for their help.
Chris Booth found the remains of a medium sized cetacean on the lower beach at Titchwell this morning. Judging by the size given and the shape it’s possible it may be a Sowerby’s Beaked Whale. However to make a firm identification I require detailed photos of the mouth parts and any teeth present.
Copywrite of photo belongs to Chris Booth