Dolphins and whale strandings are rare in Dutch waters
As this sort of stranding is thought to be fairly rare in the Netherlands, investigations into the cause of the stranding are handled on a case by case basis. In recent years there appears to have been an increase in such events for example in January 2016, six sperm whales were beached on the Dutch Island of Texel and two beaked whales were found dead in the province of Zeeland.
Investigating other species of whales
The increased media attention and public awareness of whales in Dutch waters, combined with the scientific curiosity of researchers in this field, have secured more financial support for research into other species of whales. This work, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture Nature and Food is largely carried out by volunteers.