Pygmy sperm whale rescued in Wales


This video from Texas in the USA is called Pygmy sperm whale rescued in Galveston.

From Wildlife Extra:

Rare whale successfully rescued after stranding on Welsh beach

A stranded young six-foot Pygmy Sperm Whale has been successfully been refloated off a beach at Anglesey, North Wales and last seen heading towards the Irish Sea.

Sea Watch volunteer and BDMLR marine medic Ben Murcott, was the first to arrive at the Newborough beach on Anglesey after the alarm was raised. He and other trained volunteers assessed its condition and kept it comfortable until they were satisfied it could cope with being refloated. It was then carried out to the sea on a stretcher and allowed to reacclimatise to the water before being released to swim away.

The Pygmy Sperm Whale is one of two species of the Kogia Whale, the other of which is a Dwarf, and sightings of either is unusual in UK waters.

“Dwarf Sperm Whales are tropical species, occurring in the Atlantic off the West African coast whereas pygmy sperm whales normally range further northwards as far as the Bay of Biscay, said Dr Peter Evans, Director of Sea Watch.

“There are only seven previous records of dwarf sperm whale in all of Europe and although pygmy sperm whale has been recorded more often, there are still only about a dozen records from the UK, and only one previous one from Wales.”

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Snow bunting, firecrests in Wales


This video is about snow buntings wintering in Norfolk, England.

RSPB Conwy nature reserve in Wales reports on Twitter that today, they have seen a snow bunting there.

This video is called BTO Bird ID – Goldcrest & Firecrest.

They have seen two firecrests as well.

Belfast Islamophobe is not welcome in Wales


This video is called Islamophobia and Antisemitism: Same message, different minority.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Preacher of hate flees Welsh tour

Tuesday 7th October 2014

A notorious hate preacher who has labelled Islam “satanic” was run out of Wales at the weekend by anti-racist activists.

Belfast-based Pastor James McConnell had been due to address supporters at a leisure centre in Pontypridd on Sunday as part of a speaking tour.

But he called off the Welsh leg of his hate tour after Unite Against Fascism (UAF) discovered the event was taking place and called a protest outside.

It took just half a dozen committed anti-racist campaigners to make him think twice.

UAF Wales spokesman Jeffrey Hurford said: “We wanted to show that his racism and Islamophobia is not welcome in Wales.

Especially at this time, importing religious hatred is an irresponsible crime.”