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


2006-07-09 10:58:14

Seals shot in Orkney

Throughout the past week I have received several reports of dead seals on the island of Glims Holm, Orkney. Glims Holm is an uninhabited island with vehicular access by the causeways that block several of the entrances into Scapa Flow. On investigation I discovered seven dead seals all of which had been shot through the head with a high powered rifle. Within a short stretch of the shoreline there were three common seal pups, one common adult and three juvenile greys. This incident has been reported to the police for further investigation. Within a mile of the location where the carcasses were discovered there is a traditional haul-out for commons and juvenile greys.

Ross Flett
O.S.R and B.D.M.L.R. Co-ordinator for Orkney