Man finds mysterious object during walk on Cleethorpes beach

A man was left surprised when he discovered a mysterious object on Cleethorpes beach while out on a family walk and litter-pick.

On Sunday morning (January 9), Nige spotted the object from a distance.

At first, he thought it was a piece of plastic – but when he picked it up, he realised it must be either a whale’s filter plate or a seal’s flipper.

He took to social media in a bid to solve the mystery of what the object truly is.

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Nige told Grimsby Live: “We were having a family walk on the beach and doing a litter pick at the same time with my partner’s little girl Bella when I spotted it.

“I thought it was a piece of plastic from a distance, then when I picked it up I thought initially it was a whale’s filter from its mouth, then thought possibly a seal’s flipper that had been hit by a boat propeller.

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Nige and Bella on their litter pick

“Now, I think it’s a whale’s filter.

“We were surprised at how such an item finds its way to a beach around here. Bella was amazed.”

Nige said he took the object home, but now plans to return it to where he found it.

Baleen whales – also known as whalebone whales – range in length from 20ft to 102ft and can weigh up to 190 tons.

There are 14 species of baleen whale in total, and include the blue whale, humpback whale, bowhead whale and minke whale.

Nige took the object home so he could find out from others what it was

According to Whales.org, “all baleen whales have baleen instead of teeth which they use to collect shrimp-like krill, plankton and small fish from the sea.

“These bristly baleen plates filter, sift, sieve or trap the whales’ favourite prey from seawater inside their mouths.

“Baleen is made out of keratin, the same protein that makes up our fingernails and hair. The baleen of the bowhead whale can be be four metres long.”

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