Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme in het Schotse Iverness publiceerden hun maandoverzicht wat betreft strandingen op de Schotse kusten.
As you can see below we have started off 2016 with a very busy January, so here’s the delayed stranding report for December 2015. December was also a very busy month with 105 stranding reports, making the total for 2015 508 which was slightly more than 2014.
The majority of the reports were grey seals with 66 reports most of these were white coat pups or weaners. Most of these were reported from Orkney with 51 reports. There were also reports from the Western Isles, Shetland, both East and West coasts. There were just seven reports of harbour seals, four from Orkney, and one each from the Western Isles and the West coast. These were all juveniles. There were a further 10 seals that were too decomposed or data deficient for speciation, five from Orkney, four from the Western Isles and one from the West coast.
There was a also a loggerhead turtle live stranded at Irvine Ayrshire, this animal was recovered to the Sealife centre at Oban were it unfortunately died. This is currently frozen pending necropsy.
There were just 21 cetacean stranding reports for December. The most commonly reported species was the short-beaked common dolphin reported. There were three from the Western Isles, one from Eriskay, and one from South Uist and one from North Uist. The two remaining animals were both from Skye. None of these animals were suitable for necropsy however one animal was sampled.
Harbour porpoise & white-beaked dolphins were the next most commonly found cetaceans with four reports, harbour porpoise from three from the West coast, one from Gairloch, one from Skye, one from Loch long and lastly one from Dumfries and Galloway. Unfortunately none of these were collected for PM either due to a delay in reporting or decomposition. The white-beaked dolphins were reported from Fife, East Lothian, Lewis, and Glenelg; the last two were recovered for necropsy. There were three reports of long -fined pilot whales all from the Western isles (North Uist, Harris, and South Uist) and all very decomposed though one was sampled for us. Three minke whales were reported one from Orkney (a possible entanglement case, sampled) one from Tiree (decomposed) and one from fife (decomposed).
There was a single much decomposed sperm whale reported from Orkney. The final cetacean reported was a live-stranded adult male Cuvier’s beaked whale, near Broadford, Skye. This animal was euthanased after several attempts to refloat it by BDMLR. SMASS undertook a necropsy on site in appalling conditions and with the animal still in the water. The main finding was a severe impaction of plastic debris, mainly bags, in all stomach compartments and significantly through the pyloric sphincter and into the proximal duodenum. This was diphtheritic and showed significant associated mucosal pressure necrosis. The gastric mucosa was generally irritated and inflamed.
Thanks to all those who reported animals in 2015, please keep reporting in 2016!
The SMASS team.