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


2010-11-16 09:38:34

South Uist whales stranded in Ireland

Dorsal fin comparisonThe pod of Long-finned Pilot Whales that were being monitored by a BDMLR team in South Uist from October 27th to 30th have been positively identified as those reported stranded in Ireland on November 6th on Rutland Island off Donegal. Photographs of a number of the dead whales’ dorsal fins were provided by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and were compared with those taken by BDMLR medics of the South Uist whales. The comparisons initially made by Stephen Marsh, BDMLR Operations Manager and Ali Jack, BDMLR Scottish National Organiser were confirmed by Paul Jepson and Rob Deaville of the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme based at the Institute of Zoology in London.

Dorsal fin comparisonFull post mortems of the whales were not possible due to the remote location, poor weather and lack of funds, so what caused the stranding may never be confirmed but will be discussed further by Stephen, Paul and Rob at the Military Underwater Sound Stakeholders Forum in Southampton this week. For further information on the Donegal stranding please see the Irish Whale and dolphin Group's website.

Stephen Marsh
BDMLR Operations Manager