British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2007-01-25 13:23:16

Porpoise attacked, Kineff, Scotland

Local fisherman Kevin Birse phoned me on 25th January to tell me of the event that he had witnessed earlier in the day.

He was out in his boat just after 12pm, off Kinneff when he was aware of a group of 10 or so porpoises throwing what he initially though was a salmon around in the water. When he approached, the adults headed north and floating on the surface was a young porpoise calf. He pulled it into his boat where it gave a final tremble and died. It was foaming at the mouth and had suffered major injuries which were bleeding.

Later he brought the body to mine where extensive rake wounds were in evidence along the sides and underneath the body. It was approx. 1m in length.

Rebecca Chambers
Marine Mammal Medic
Montrose / Arbroath Area

Bob Reid from SAC was notified and was to be picking the porpoise up on Monday, However this may now be as late as wednesday as Bob will be going over to Poolewe to perform a post mortem on the Northern Bottlenose Whale that was found today 26th janaury. Updates to follow later and confirmation if the porpoise was killed by its own kind or by dolphins as suspected.

Elaine Roft
Montrose / Arbroath Area Co-ordinator