Sad end to the Uist Pilot whales?

Perhaps a sad conclusion to the Uist whale saga.

Sarah Dolma passed this on. The odds must be that this is the same animals that looked like beaching on Uist

Mass stranding of Pilot Whales on Rutland, Co Donegal

6 November 2010

A mass stranding of 33 long-finned pilot whales has on Rutland Island, Co Donegal just been confirmed by the IWDG.

The IWDG received a call from Seamus Boyle of Arranmore Island, Co Donegal of a group of whales washed up on Rutland. A second call from Liam Miller at Burtonport confirmed 32 pilot whales were dead.

Apparently these whales have been around the area for a few days and local people have been going out to see them. IWDG contacted veterinary colleagues in the UK who are particularly interested to establish the cause of death of deep-diving species such as pilot whales and we found out that a group of around 30 pilot whales were monitored in South Uist in the outer Hebrides,Scotland last weekend for fear of their live-stranding. This may be the same group.

Plans to carry out a post-mortem examination have been cancelled given the severe weather forecast over the next few days, but a team from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology led by Dr Ian O’Connor and IWDG are planning to travel up in the morning to record length, gender and obtain photographs to see if we can match them to the Scottish animals. Skin samples and teeth will also be collected for genetics and life-history studies.

We will update this page as we get more information.

Simon Berrow

IWDG Co-ordinator

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