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Sperm whale dies on Northumberland shore

A sperm whale, spotted dangerously close to the Northumberland shore yesterday, has died after beaching itself. It is believed that the young male - which is estimated to be between 36ft (11m) and 59ft (18m) long - had been around shallow waters in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea for more than a day. Sperm whales, the largest of the toothed whales, are not often seen in the North Sea as it lacks the giant and colossal squid they would usually feed on, which are to be found in more tropical waters.

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