Rare whales found dead washed up on East Lothian beaches by council rangers


TWO rare whales were found dead after stranding on Scottish beaches.

Sowerby’s Beaked Whales were discovered on the beaches of Gosford and Musselburgh last week.


Shocking photo showed whale washed up on beach

One of the whales was found at Brunstane Burn near Musselburgh on Tuesday, October 13.

The East Lothian Courier reports that the other ran aground between Longniddry and Aberlady on Wednesday.

East Lothian Council campaign rangers yesterday revealed the “incredibly sad” findings in a statement on Facebook.

The extinction of the whales fears the extinction, because the species now has an “imminent” risk of extinction

The post read: “Unfortunately we had two Sowerby’s Beaked Whales ashore this week.

“One in Gosford and another in Musselburgh.

“While it is incredibly sad to see, it also provides an opportunity for organizations such as the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (www.strandings.org) to undertake autopsies to provide substantive information on the health and ecology of these fascinating but often misunderstood species.

“It may also help highlight some of the conservation issues that cetaceans and other marine animals may face.”

The creatures are around 5 meters long and are found in the North Atlantic or the North Sea. They weigh around 1,300 kg.

Autopsies of deaths will be performed.

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