At about 11.00 on Saturday, a Minke whale that could have been stranded was spotted on the Hartlepool headland.
According to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), the minke whale had been supported by the local coastguard team and mammal medics until the arrival of specialist equipment. Rescuers intended to secure the whale again to get examined by a vet, but it had swum deeper into the water.
We needed to keep the animal close to the shore without causing it to strand so that we could continue to assess its breathing and maneuver it on to rescue pontoons. But, before we were able to fully inflate them, the whale made a sudden movement and swam away.British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue claimed that during summer, minke whales were usually found in the North Sea. They also maintained that these whales are often in danger of being offshore, and they have been called several times to rescue these whales.