Mystery as 10 whales wash up on Yorkshire beach with 6 already feared dead

Scores of whales have washed up on a British shore as rescuers face harsh conditions to recover the bodies.

The coastguard and police have been called to a stretch of beach between Tunstall and Withernsea in East Riding of Yorkshire.

Crowds have gathered by the beach as emergency services scramble to recover the corpses.

It’s reported that ten whales have floated to the shore, The Mirror said, with at least six already dead.

A spokeswoman for the British Divers Marine Life rescue said they can’t get to the whales "for safety reasons".

Emily Mayman, an experienced medic with British Divers Marine Life Rescue, was called to the scene after passers-by spotted the gigantic sperm whales stranded on the coast.

The 30-year-old told The Mirror: "We suspect it's about 10 whales. But we're waiting on more information at the moment.

"We believe a couple of members of the public have spotted the stranded whales this morning.

"We're not sure what caused this – but sometimes you get this happening to sperm whales dotted around the coastline.

"It's a massive shame.

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"There's not much we can do with them. They are such big animals. Their skulls alone are so heavy so rescue operations are very difficult.

It was originally estimated that seven, rather than 10, whales had been found on the beach as emergency services battle the elements to recover the bodies.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said it was an "ongoing job" this afternoon.

He added: "We have got the rescue team on the scene dealing with it."

It is understood that most of the whales have died, as it is proving impossible to rescue the remaining four due to sea conditions.

David Leng British Divers Marine Life Rescue told HullLive : "We received a call from the coastguard and mobilised teams from Yorkshire and the Midlands.

"Unfortunately, when we arrived we found juvenile sperm whales and there was nothing we could do due to their size and location.

"Once they get beached, it's really difficult to rescue them and because of the waves, it's too dangerous to send anybody out there and I'm afraid most of the whales have died."

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