The Sperm whale hadn't been swept out to sea as thought yesterday when found beached on Sheppey, in fact the following tide had moved over to the Seasalter side of the Estuary as seen today. The Coastguards gathered by the YC and from there monitored operations as a tug from Sheerness came to tow the poor creature back to a dry dock at Sheerness for an autopsy.
At first light seen stranded about one mile out on the mud just off Seasalter YC.
At midday the tug crew secured a line around its tail.
Apparently, the tow was completed to the Sheerness dry dock that afternoon where its age was thought to be about three years by the experts.