100 pilot whales are in danger of beaching near Scotland

May 20, 2011SCOTLAND – Marine animal experts are preparing for a potential mass stranding by up to 100 pilot whales in South Uist in the Western Isles. The whales were spotted in Loch Carnan on Thursday afternoon and about 20 were said to have had cuts to their heads. It is thought the injuries may have been caused by attempts to strand themselves on the rocky foreshore of the sea loch. Rescuers said inflatable pontoons for refloating whales were on the way. The pod has been moving back and forth from the shore and rescuers said the animals were “very vocal”, which may be a sign of distress. Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) fear the whales could die in a massive beaching – which could be Scotland’s largest stranding. BDMLR Scottish organizer Alasdair Jack said: “Rather than try to stop them coming ashore, we would let them come ashore and then try to deal with situation when it arose. “We have got several sets of pontoons with us, which is our whale refloatation equipment, and we have got more on the way. “We have currently got 12 sets congregating on the Uists, which is basically every set in the UK.” Scottish SPCA senior inspector Calum Watt said the whales’ strong social bonds meant healthy animals within a pod would follow sick and injured ones on to shore. He added: “At this stage we remain hopeful they will not strand themselves but our concern is the injured whales will come onshore and be followed by the rest of the pod. “Attempting to refloat so many whales would be a huge task and if they do become stranded we’ll need to decide upon the best course of action. -BBC       
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4 Responses to 100 pilot whales are in danger of beaching near Scotland

  1. Maiden PEI says:

    Thanx for posting this article, Alvin.

    I just love hearing about when people come to the rescue of animals.

    And here we have the chance of helping these distressed whales BEFORE it is too heartbreakingly late as it usually is.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someting can be done.

    I’m wondering though, if they are so determined to beach themselves, won’t it just keep up their distress to re-float them?

    Then again…I guess that is all we CAN do with 100 beached whales!

    What a shame…I wonder what is distressing them so?????

    My heart breaks for them…for some reason I am very sensitive to injured, distressed, abused or abandoned animals.

    I did not know that whales will stay with the sick & injured…unlike most animals that reject or even kill them.

    Will you keep us updated on this situation?

    Thanx,
    MP

  2. Kim says:

    Poor things I hope they can save them

    God Bless you all

  3. Yamkin says:

    Dolphin Mega-Pod Makes Waves Off California – 23rd February 2012
    Is this a sign of an earthquake on the way soon?

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