The four tragic whales found washed up on British beaches are believed to be part of the same all-male group as 12 more found dead around Holland and Germany last week.
British experts say the three males found in Lincolnshire and one in Norfolk are part of a bachelor pod that ventured into the North Sea from deeper water and were unable to feed in shallower depths.
Twelve more sperm whales, also all male, were found washed n or off the coast of the Dutch island of Texel and the German islands of Wangerooge and Helgoland last week.
Pods can include more than 20 of the 30-tonne animals, and it is believed that all of them may die after venturing into a stretch of water that is almost impossible to escape without going back the way they came.
Experts from the Zoological Society of London say that this is a common mistake, but a mass stranding of this scale hasn't happened in decades.
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Huge: This picture of two whales at Skegness show the true scale of the mammals, which dwarf the tiny people standing around them
More: Another dead sperm whale washed up in Lincolnshire later that day and experts believe there may even be more to come
Linked: Today's beaches came just hours after a dead 50ft (14.5m) young adult male sperm whale was beached in Norfolk (pictured), which was was part of a group of six spotted in the Wash at Hunstanton on Friday
Tragic: One whale, pictured, was found washed up on its own at Skegness while another two were found together further down the coast
Beached: A further two whales, pictured, were washed up south of the town after, it is believed, their pod got into trouble just off the coast
Pictured, the fins of the two giant sperm whales arch up as locals and walkers come by the beach to look at their impressive carcasses
They are believed to be part od a larger pod, after twelve more were found dead around Germany and Holland. One of two sperm whales that stranded at the island Wangerooge is lifted with a crane in Wilhelmshaven, northern Germany
One whale was very similar to the one washed up at Hunstanton on Saturday and we think these were the other whales spotted with it.
'They got into trouble in The Wash which is very shallow water and extremely difficult to navigate. Once they're trapped in there there's very little we can do.
'If they get washed out to sea then they can become a hazard for boats and then the Coastguard and Maritime Agency will get involved.'
The whales found on the East Frisian island of Wangerooge were both male and believed to weigh about 18 tons each.
The whales discovered further north, off of the coast of Heligoland, have been taken to Nordstrand, Germany, close to the border with Denmark.
Gruesome photos from the scene showed that the animals were already shrivelling with their skins peeling away.
Examined: Dutch whale experts, Aart Walen (left) and Michael von Leeuwen (right), began the dissection of two sperm whale carcasses on the pier of the JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven, Germany
The whales that were beached off the coast of Texel island on Tuesday were dissected in situ, leaving a grisly trail of entrails.
Marian Bestelink, a spokeswoman for the ministry of economic affairs, said: 'Experts found that the whales died during the night.'
'We are going to investigate why they beached and then we will remove them,' Bestelink said, adding that the process would probably take several days.
Experts said the beached whales had already been badly injured and their chances of survival were poor.
Volunteers tried to save them but called off their efforts late in the night because of bad weather and darkness.
In Britain, as soon as word spread of stranded whales people flocked to the beach to stare at the impressive creatures.
Some onlookers even took photos and selfies with their friends as others just looked on solemnly.
The next move will be to remove the carcasses but details of the clean-up operation have yet to be announced.