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Sadly its unlikely to survive, as is all too often the case.

 

 

A male sperm whale, the world's largest predator, has beached itself on the Cunnigar Strand in Dungarvan.

The incident follows numerous sightings of the cetacean off the south-east coast over the past 24 hours.

Andrew Malcolm of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said this afternoon that the whale, around 10m in length, was "still very much alive".


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Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/sperm-whale-beaches-itself-in-dungarvan-517187.html#ixzz1VZAgI3zyli

 

 

UPDATE: Sadly this animal didn't make it, and unfortunately it looks we may never know why it stranded in the first place - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0822/1224302806444.html

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If you missed it, you can catch up with Inside Natures Giants on 4oD, it shows a post mortem of a sperm whale, so probably not best for lunch time viewing!

 

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-natures-giants/4od#3219787

 

All the guys in red with ZSL on their arms are our gang from Cetacean Strandings Investigation Program, I'm like a proud mum!

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Today I entered the dark, spooky walkways of The Deep Sea exhibtion for one last time to marvel at the beasts and the beauties of this weird underwater world we re-created in our Waterhouse gallery. It seems like yesterday that I first encountered them and I can't quite believe the exhibition closes this Sunday on 5 September.

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If you haven't been already, this is your last chance to go. Here's a reminder of some of the exhibition highlights

 

The exhibition has been a really successful one for the Museum attracting many more visitors in the summer holidays than we'd ever envisaged.

 

So what happens next to these creatures of the deep that we've had in our midst?

 

specimen-fish.jpgThe giant sperm whale bones are going into the expert hands of our Mammals curator, Richard Sabin for further research. All our own fishy specimens and HMS Challenger exhibits return to their Museum cribs after a bit of tender loving care and a check-up  And most of the other deep sea models, including the submersible, will swim over to Dresden for their next exhibition appearance.

 

It takes about 2 to 3 weeks to dismantle everything I'm told. Then, it's all hands on deck for setting up the next Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in the gallery space. This opens on 22 October. More about that coming soon.