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.
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 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."