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


2009-09-17 09:56:37

Bottlenose Whale off Dorset Coast

BDMLR Medics have been monitoring a Northen Bottlenose whale which was first sighted on Sunday 13th September just off Poole Bay, Dorset. During the past 5 days Medics have observed the whale nicknamed Gilbert, spyhopping and tail slapping.

Alan Knight Chairman of BDMLR said: "Our team have been monitoring the whale from a local boat and have not been close enough to assess its body condition, the fact that the whale is jumping clear of the water (breaching) seems to indicate that it is still strong and may be feeding on large shoals of cuttlefish that are present in the area which is a good thing."

BDMLR and WDCS are urging people to respect the whale and give it space. Boats and other craft going out to the whale will distress it and may cause it to strand.

Mark Simmonds Director of Science at WDCS said, "Animals of this species are usually seen in the deep seas to the west of the British Isles, this is an unusual occurrence. It may be that Gilbert has got lost, but these animals do occasionally come into shallow waters and eventually return to deeper waters."

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Sue White