Twelve metre long dead whale found in Antwerp port

23rd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The 12 metre long animal is thought to have collided with a ship and then been dragged along up to the lock.

At about 02h15 on Tuesday morning the fruit ship, the Summer Flower, sailed into the Zandevliet Berendrecht channel. When tow boats came out to help the ship into port the dead whale was discovered. 

Fons Van Dijk of the shipping traffic control centre says, "The Summer Flower probably collided with the whale at sea and then dragged it along up the Scheldt River." 

The shipping authorities spent a lot of time trying to detach the dead whale because of its size, although shipping traffic was not disrupted.

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