Posted by: The ocean update | June 17, 2015

Whale calf found washed up on Tiree beach (Scotland, UK)

The young dolphin was found on Tiree on Tuesday

The young dolphin was found on Tiree on Tuesday

June 17th, 2015. A dolphin calf has been washed up on a beach on Tiree.

The pilot whale calf is thought to have been stillborn and is possibly related to the group of whales that became stranded in Skye earlier this month.

A local resident alerted RSPB Scotland after discovering the calf on Tuesday.RSPB Scotland Conservation Officer, Andy Robinson, said: “It’s quite difficult to identify whale calves, but we think this a pilot whale, possibly related to one of the whales that became stranded in Skye earlier this month.

“It’s such shame to see this little whale lying lifeless on the beach. We can only hope that its mother was one of the whales that made it to safety and will be around to breed again.”

Long-finned pilot whales are found around the coast of Scotland and across the northern Atlantic Ocean. They can sometimes be seen forming pods of hundreds of individuals but usually travel in pods of 10-20 animals with more females than males.

It is thought that because of their strong group cohesion, they are one of the most common species to mass strand.

RSPB Scotland Marine Policy Officer, Allan Whyte, said: “The variety of wildlife around Scotland is staggering, so it’s such a shame when things like this happen. Thanks to the Scottish Government we will soon have well managed Marine Protected Areas, which will give marine wildlife the chance to thrive and people the opportunity to get to the coast or out on a boat to see whales, dolphins, seabirds and all the other amazing wildlife in their natural habitat.”

Ed Sibylline : and thanks to the Government to allow seismic prospection and navy training in the area…

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