Whales beached in Ireland

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Humpback and fin whales filmed in West Cork from the Holly Jo 28th November 2008.

From Wildlife Extra:

Pilot whale and Sowerby’s Beaked whale strand in Ireland

25/11/2009 09:34:14

Pilot whales strand in Co Wexford

November 2009. A 5.1m long-finned pilot whale Globicephala melas washed up on Dollar Bay, 2 kms south of Duncannon on the south coast of Ireland on Sunday, 22 November 2009.

This is the second stranding of this species on the Wexford coastline recently and only the 5th recorded stranding for this species off the Wexford coast. A 4.9m female pilot whale was found at Rostoonstown on 31 October. The carcass was extensively predated with quite extensive bite marks all around the tail stock area and around the anus; these bite marks were most likely caused at sea.

Sowerby’s beaked whale

A 4.5 metre long male Sowerby’s beaked whale stranded in Co Clare. This is the third recorded stranding on of this unusual species in Ireland in 2009. Sowerby’s beaked whale is only found in the North Atlantic, as far south as the Canaries and north to the Arctic Circle.

Courtesy of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group – “All records are validated and available on www.iwdg.ie“.

Whales save seal from orcas. Humpback takes seal under its flipper to cheat predators: here.

Britain’s only resident orca pod – No breeding for 20 years: here.

USA: NOAA may prohibit Navy sonar testing at marine mammal ‘hot spots’: here.

Orcas in Argentina Swim Onto Beach to Seize Prey: here.

92 Pilot whales strand on Cape Verde Islands: here.

56 pilot whales die after stranding on NZ beach: here.

Photographer has close encounter with pilot whales in the Strait of Gibraltar: here.

Harbour porpoise: here.

3 thoughts on “Whales beached in Ireland

  1. Novum, Vernieuwd: 4-12-2009
    Jonge bultrug verstrikt in plastic draad

    (Novum/AP) – Reddingswerkers in Hawaï zijn hard bezig een jonge bultrugwalvis te bevrijden die verstrikt is geraakt in honderden meters plastic draad. De draad heeft zich rond de kop, in de bek en achter het spuitgat van het dier verwikkeld en is tot een knop ineengestrengeld.

    Met behulp van een traceersysteem wordt de bultrug gevolgd. De reddingswerkers gebruiken lange stokken, met een mes aan het uiteinde, om beetje bij beetje de gele draad los te snijden.

    De reddingsactie wordt bemoeilijkt doordat twee andere volwassen bultruggen, vermoedelijk de moeder en een vrouwelijke metgezel, het jong begeleiden en aan weerszijden van het dier blijven zwemmen.

    Vooralsnog is de bultrug gezond, maar dat moet niet al te lang meer duren, zeggen reddingswerkers. Waarschijnlijk zwemt de bultrug al twee maanden met de plastic draad rond.


  2. 43 whales saved on Kiwi beach

    New Zealand: Some 125 pilot whales died over the weekend after being stranded on the beach – but holiday makers and conservation workers managed to coax 43 others back out to sea on Sunday.

    Rescuers monitored the survivors as they swam away from Colville Beach on North Island’s Coromandel peninsula and by Monday morning they were reported to be well out to sea.

    Department of Conservation workers and hundreds of volunteers helped refloat the 43 whales at high tide.



  3. Whale sightings to become more common off North East coast

    Jan 15 2010 by Tony Henderson, The Journal

    WHALES will be a more common sight off the North East coast in the future, it is predicted.

    Mike Tetley, who grew up near the sea at Seaburn Dene in Sunderland, has been studying minke whales for the last five years.

    Minkes – the smallest and most abundant of whales – favour shallow, coastal waters and are seen off the region’s shores, with around half a dozen sightings a year off the Farne Islands.

    Mike, who graduated in marine biology from Newcastle University, is studying for a PhD in ocean science.

    Tonight he will give a public talk on minke whales at the Great North Museum at 7pm as part of a lecture programme run by the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

    The 28-year-old, became interested in whales through growing up so close to the sea and was also inspired by Freddie the dolphin, who was a crowd puller off Tynemouth and Amble piers 20 years ago.

    He said that although the minke population off the North East had been hit by whaling in the past, they could return in greater numbers as stocks recovered.

    Mike, who was mapped the potential habitat for minkes off northern England, said: “We will maybe see more and more of the whales around in future years if fish stocks recover.

    “I can’t see any reason why they wouldn’t return.”

    Minkes eat small fish and will come within metres of the shoreline. They are around eight metres in length and can live for 50 to 60 years.

    The minke is a main player in the growing whale-watching leisure industry. But it is also a prime target for whale-hunting nations like Norway, Japan and Iceland, with around 700 to 1,000 animals taken annually.

    Mike said that one problem was that minkes did not live in social groups and were not as “charismatic” as bigger whales, killer whales and dolphins.

    Because there are more of them and they are found in coastal waters, they are easier to find and hunt.

    Mike said that a number of countries wanted the moratorium on commercial whaling by the International Whaling Commission lifted.

    “This would open up commercial whaling on all species. But I think this is a bad idea because we don’t know enough to be able to adequately manage whale stocks,” he said.

    The bodies of five grey seals have been found on the beach at Whitley Bay, three of which had been decapitated.

    The seals were juveniles, with the oldest no more than a year old and the youngest just a few weeks.

    RSPCA acting chief inspector Mark Gent said: “Clearly they haven’t died of natural causes and we are very concerned. We want to hear from anyone who knows anything that might help us in our investigation.”

    Anyone with information on the attacks should call on 0300 123 4999.

    Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Kevin O’Hara said that killer whales, or orcas, may have attacked the seals.

    “The young seals are entering the water at this time and orcas visit the Farne Islands to prey on them,” he said.



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