Maandrapport Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme

Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme heeft zojuist hun maandrapport voor juni 2016 gepubliceerd. Zij telden in totaal 52 strandingen: 28 zeezoogdieren en 24 zeehonden.

There were a total of 52 stranding reports this month; 28 cetaceans and 24 seals. Eight animals were collected for necropsy, six cetaceans and two seals. An additional seven animals were sampled either by us or by one of our trained sampling volunteers.

The 24 seals comprised of 11 grey seals (nine from the east coast, one from the western isles, and one from the west coast), eight common seals (four from Orkney, two from the east coast, one from the west coast and one from Shetland), and five who could not be identified to a species level due to insufficient information provided with the strandings report, or a too advanced level of autolysis of the carcase. The two cases that went for necropsy were both juvenile grey seals found in Fife, showing evidence of predation by another (adult) grey seal (see photo).

The harbour porpoise was the most reported species of cetacean with 15 cases; ten from the east coast, three from the west coast, one from the western isles and one on Orkney. One of these animals was sent for necropsy (see photo), and an additional two were collected and frozen at for necropsy at a later date. Furthermore there were two long-finned pilot whales, two Risso’s dolphins, two common dolphins, two white-beaked dolphins (one of which went for necropsy, see FB update below), one highly decomposed sperm whale (see photo), one bottlenose dolphin, one Minke whale that was necropsied with assistance of the students from the St Andrews Marine Mammal Research Unit (see photo), one Atlantic white-sided dolphin that live stranded and was euthanized (see FB update below), and one animal (either a common or a striped dolphin) that could not be further identified to a species level due to its advanced state of autolysis.

Our volunteers have been particular stars this month, not just by going out to sample animals but also in assisting with the collection and transport of carcasses for necropsy! A big thank you to all of them, and all of you reporting animals in to us! Keep up the good work, and keep the reports coming!

bron: FB-pagina Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme