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

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2009-08-25 12:28:08

Whale dies at Creetown, Scotland

Stranded whaleBDMLR medics from Scotland and Cumbria attended a live whale stranding near Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway yesterday (Monday 24th August 2009). The whale which had previously been reported as dead to the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) in the morning was originally spotted stranded in Wigtown Bay, but with an incoming tide the whale was washed in land to the River Cree.

Medics were on site within 20 minutes of our call from the coastguard and confirmed as being alive, but was very lethargic and moving with the tide up the river. The whale eventually stranded on the western bank of the River Cree. BDMLR spent hours trying to find enough Immobilon so a vet could euthanise the whale but were unsuccessful in finding enough.

Medics kept the whale safe into the evening to ensure trophy hunters did not cause any suffering to the whale. The local police confirmed the whale had died overnight and the location has been given to SAC for examination.

BDMLR would like to thank all the medics from Scotland and Cumbria for their hard work and for traveling so far to help look after this whale in very sad circumstances. Thanks also to the local coastguard, police and landowners for their co-operations and support.

Trevor Weeks
National Co-ordinator