Four whales found dead on beaches in eastern England – Three dead sperm whales washed up on a beach in eastern England over the weekend. The whales are thought to have been from the same pod as another animal that was found a few miles away on Friday.
Sea giants – The animals are about 15 metres (48 feet) long. Scientists believe they are only a few years old. These cetaceans can be up to 20 metres (67 feet) long and weigh over 50 tons.
They got disoriented – Scientists believe the creatures probably got disoriented while looking for food and ended up in shallow waters.
Other whales at risk – The other members of the group are at "considerable risk" of being stranded, experts fear.
Scientists at work to find out what happened – Scientists will carry out examinations on the bodies.
A wave of sperm whale beachings in North Sea – A dozen sperm whales washed ashore on German and Dutch beaches a week before the ones found in England. The animals may have been part of the same group.
When a whale reached London – In January 2006 a northern bottlenose whale swam up the Thames, and got stranded in central London, bringing thousands of people on the banks. The whale died during a rescue attempt.