10 whales dead after 20 become stranded on Western Isles, Scotland #Whales #WesternIsles #Scotland #UK

Whale Alert

When 20 pilot whales became stranded in shallow water off the Western Isles, disaster loomed. There was no one locally who was trained to rescue the stricken creatures and some of their lives were saved only when a quick-thinking South Uist resident phoned a rescue agency for advice on how to refloat them.

Ten whales died, but the others were guided back to open water after a rescue operation was mounted by British Divers Marine Life Rescue helped by islanders.

The incident in June underscored the need for a network of trained rescuers to deal with a rising tide of beachings.

Courtesy of thetimes.co.uk



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