BREAKING NEWS - Three more whales washed up following Hunstanton death

One of the sperm whales found washed up on the beach near Skegness over the weekend.  Photo by Tina Raistrick of Skegness RNLI.

One of the sperm whales found washed up on the beach near Skegness over the weekend. Photo by Tina Raistrick of Skegness RNLI.

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The bodies of three sperm whales thought to have been seen swimming off Hunstanton on Friday have been washed up, officials have confirmed

One whale died at Hunstanton on Friday night after becoming beached close to the resort’s cliffs, while the other three continued to swim towards Lynn.

Coastguard rescue teams and East Lindsey District Council cordoned an area of Skegness beach after thee sperm whales were found washed up on the tide.  Photo by David Dawson.

Coastguard rescue teams and East Lindsey District Council cordoned an area of Skegness beach after thee sperm whales were found washed up on the tide. Photo by David Dawson.

But it has now emerged that the bodies of two more whales were washed up near Skegness yesterday evening while a third was found this morning. They are believed to have died at sea.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: “The whales are believed to be from the same pod as the whale that died on Hunstanton beach on 22 January and it is unknown where the rest of the pod are at this stage.

“Members of the public ​are being advised by HM Coastguard to stay away from the three whales whilst they remain on the beach.”