15 pilot whales die in latest stranding off the coast of Scotland

July 23, 2011 SCOTLAND – Fifteen pilot whales have died in a mass stranding near the northwestern tip of Scotland, according to a rescue charity. Rescuers have been trying to save a pod of around 60 long-finned pilot whales in the Kyle of Durness, a sea inlet near Cape Wrath. Around 35 beached as the water receded at low tide and 20 were refloated using inflatable pontoons as the water level rose again. However, the remainder perished, said the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) charity. The rescue effort was stood down following nightfall Friday and was to resume after sunrise Saturday. Mark Simmonds, head of science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, said the Kyle of Durness looked like a “whale trap.” Something may have startled the group further out to sea and they panicked, came into this unusual situation and were unable to find their way out. –Physics.org
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4 Responses to 15 pilot whales die in latest stranding off the coast of Scotland

  1. Greg says:

    I believe they are running (swimming) as far as they can from the warming of the world’s oceans. The under water volcanoes are causing them to flee to cooler waters and the shorelines are as far as they can go, but I am not a scientist and that is just my belief.

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  2. Gen says:

    Alvin, I wonder if they are part of the 100 pilot whales spotted in Loch Carnan, Scotland in your May article. Or maybe a different group.

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  3. Myra says:

    I wonder if we will see any big quakes, they seen to follow strandings.

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