Divers from the dutch diving club, Discovery Dive, made a remarkable find at dive site Grote Hegge in the the Netherlands. One of them, Jos Rovers, stumbled upon a dead beaver. He took the animal to the surface and reported the find to the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) in Utrecht. Video: Han van Helmond. Watch video:
Diving in Grote Hegge
Jos was diving with his buddy, Han van Helmond, when they came across the dead animal at the end of their dive. "We were just about to finish our dive when we saw the carcass at a depth of 2 meters," Han explains. "It's a sizable animal weighing about 30 kilograms." Once above water, the divers report their find to the DWHC. "That seems to be mandatory," Han says. "We then placed the cadaver not visible underwater a few meters from the shore, where it will be collected by the DWHC." Diving club, Discovery Dive, often dives in Grote Hegge but they never made a find like this before. It appears that a large family of beavers has been living in this dive site for several years. The colony descends from a population from the German Eifel.