A sperm whale that has been sighted swimming dangerously close to shore in Northumberland is dead.

The whale was seen along the coast Friday afternoon in the shallow waters of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

An autopsy will be done on the 30-ton whale to determine why she died.

The Sperm Whale's body is washed at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland. PA Photo. Date of the photo: Friday, October 11, 2019. Sperm whales, the largest of the toothed whales, are not often seen in the North Sea because they lack the gigantic giant squid they usually feed on, which is the most common species. it is found in more tropical waters. . The photo credit should read as follows: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire
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The whale was dangerously close to the shore
Members of the public see the body of a sperm whale that stranded Friday in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, in Northumberland.
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Members of the public were warned to stay away from the body

On Friday, a spokesman for the British group Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said the 13.3-meter-tall young man "would probably not survive" due to lack of food.

Sperm whale sightings in British waters are "very rare," the spokesman added.

Sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whales and are often not seen in the North Sea because they lack the gigantic giant squid they usually feed on.

Tropical waters are a more natural habitat for them.

A coastguard officer looks at the body of a sperm whale that was swept away Friday in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, in Northumberland.
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The whale stranded at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

A spokesman for the BDMLR said this morning: "It is very important to note that cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are mammals like us, humans, and are therefore able to transmit serious diseases that can be transmitted between we.

"We recommend that members of the public avoid contact with the carcass and all bodily fluids in order to avoid any risk of infection – it is possible that it may be a problem." An animal already sick.

"Incidents like this tend to attract crowds and we encourage people to please, please, to be respectful of this situation and the advice provided."