A killer whale that has itself stranded on the beach at Cadzand in Zeeland died before a vet could arrive to organise a rescue.
The whale, who is locally called as an orca, had beached itself on a previous occasion but had been returned to the water with the help of volunteers. Nonetheless – for reasons that remain unclear – it returned, this time with a less fortunate result.
Meanwhile, the emergency services at Cadzand contacted the specialist vet. Though it took him three hours to travel from Den Helder, the reports added that the whale was still alive when he arrived.
“Because it moved a few more times, there was hope,” said reports, which has further added that helpers were considering whether it would be possible to get it into the sea at the next high tide in the morning. “Unfortunately, the animal didn’t survive that long. The vet anaesthetised the orca and a little later, around a quarter to midnight, he died.”
The resort of Cadzand is just over the border from Knokke, which is clearly visible from the Cadzand beach. But the vet, an expert in cetaceans who normally would be close at hand, was far away in Den Helder in the Dutch town of Den Helder, the northernmost tip of Noord Holland province. By the time the expert arrived in Cadzand, just over 300km away, the whale had died.
The whale came ashore on Saturday but was able to be returned to the water with the help of volunteers. However, for reasons that are unclear, it washed up on the beach a second time, and efforts to return it to the sea were unsuccessful.