More than 50 pilot whales are abandoned on Scottish oceanside

More than 50 pilot whales are abandoned on Scottish oceanside

Updated on July 19, 2023 13:07 PM by Andrew Koschiev

A unit of more than 50 pilot whales has kicked the bucket after a mass abandonment on a Scottish oceanside. Around 7 am on Sunday, reports surfaced that several warm-blooded animals were in trouble at Traigh Mhor in North Tolsta, on the Isle of Lewis. Marine heroes were dispatched to the scene.

Beginning reports recommended there were around 55 creatures comprising grown-ups and calves. However, it was before long found that the main 15 stayed alive. On the active tide, the foundation English Jumpers Marine Life Salvage (BDMLR) endeavored to refloat two additional dynamic whales low in the water, yet one got away. Yet, the others like this were stranded and kicked the bucket later on, as did three others.

Trouble for the whales


At around 3.30 pm, it was concluded that the excess whales ought to be euthanized on government assistance grounds. The reason for the abandoning is obscure, yet it is figured the case might have followed one of the females.

BDMLR said: " One of the dead whales seemed to have had a vaginal prolapse - so it's thought that the entire case was abandoned because of one female conceiving an offspring. Pilot whales are popular for their strong social bonds, so often, when one whale causes problems and strands, the rest follow.

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Exorbitantly hazardous to refloat

The coastguard, the Scottish Fire and Salvage Administration, police, and the Scottish Marine Creature Abandoning Plan (SMASS) were additionally at the scene on Sunday. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles board) said it had sent officials.

BDMLR added: " At around 3.30 pm, the nearby vet, alongside the coast guard, fire, and salvage, and a criminology vet, resolved that the shallow ocean side and unpleasant wave conditions made it excessively dangerous to refloat the leftover creatures.

Whales had been out of the water

"Considering how long the pilot whales had been out of the water notwithstanding the unfortunate circumstances, it was concluded that they ought to be euthanized on government assistance grounds.

A terrible outcome for this case, clearly not what we were all hoping for. SMASS will, at present, do after-death evaluations on the whales to explore why they were deserted. Pilot whales are essential for the dolphin family and are the cetacean species generally vulnerable to mass strandings.

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