First UK Sighting of Whale Species
The three metre long creature, related to the larger sperm whale, was seen swimming close inshore off Penzance, in south-west Cornwall. After catching on a rock it swam to the shore where a beach walker successfully redirected the creature seaward. Volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue arrived and one snorkelled out in a bid to examine it but it swam further away. When boats from a nearby sailing club launched, it disappeared completely. The dwarf sperm whale’s usual habit is the deep ocean, where it feeds on seabed creatures including crustaceans and fish.