IN BEELD. Walvissen spoelen aan in Calais

A firefighter walks past two long-finned pilots stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET

Op het strand van Calais, in het noorden van Frankrijk, zijn tien walvissen gestrand. Zeven dieren hebben het niet overleefd. 

Firefighters and animal rescuers inspect the carcasses of long-finned pilot whales stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
Two long-finned pilot whales are stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET

Volgens een expert van het onderzoekscentrum voor zeezoogdieren van La Rochelle waren de walvissen op weg naar de Faeröereilanden ten noorden van Schotland, om zich daar voort te planten en te voeden.

Firefighters and residents stand near the carcasses of long-finned pilot whales stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
A man looks at the carcasses of long-finned pilot whales stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET

Dat een volledige familie walvissen aanspoelt, is erg uitzonderlijk. Vermoedelijk is het dominante mannetje gestorven op zee, waarop de rest van de familie het kadaver is gevolgd.

People stand near the carcasses of long-finned pilot whales stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
Firefighters and animal rescuers gather around long-finned pilots stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
A long-finned pilot whale is carried back to the sea after it was stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET

 

Vier dieren waren nog in leven en kregen water van de brandweer. Ze werden met een tractor naar de zee gedragen, maar slechts drie walvissen bereikten levend het diepe water. Een autopsie moet de juiste doodsoorzaak van de gestorven dieren aantonen.

A long-finned pilot whale is carried back to the sea after it was stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
Firefighters and animal rescuers help two long-finned pilot whales (L and rear R) return to the sea after they were stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015. Ten beached whales, including a dominant male of 4,5m in length, were discovered in the early morning. Six of the whales had already died by the time firefighters and members of the local Animal Protection League (LPA) got to the scene, but they were able to revive four of the mammals, including two calves, and helped them return to the sea. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET
AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET