Iverness, 2 september 2016 – Het Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme publiceerde hun strandrapport voor de maand augustus. Met 36 strandingen – 20 zeehonden en 16 walvisachtigen – waren het er minder dan in juli.
We had 13 reports of grey seals, seven from the east coast, three from the west coast, two from the Western Isles (Harris and North Uist), one each from Shetland and Dumfries and Galloway. None were recovered for necropsy however two were sampled by volunteers, thanks Ruth and Stewart. There were four reports of a harbour seals, three from the west coast and one from the east coast. Unfortunately none were suitable for necropsy. There were a further three seals that were too decomposed or data deficient for speciation, two from the Western Isles (Harris) and one from the east coast.
There were 16 cetacean stranding reports which a drop on the number reported in July, these comprised of seven species. The most commonly reported species was the Harbour porpoise with 8 animals; and is slightly less than the previous month. There were four from the east coast, two from the west coast. A further two were reported from the Western Isles (Lewis) and single animal from Orkney. Two of these were recovered for necropsy, one from the Moray Firth and one from Stornoway, Lewis, thanks to Janet Marshall for recovering this latter animal for us.
There were single reports of all the other species. A very decomposed long-finned pilot whale was reported on Tiree. There was a humpback whale reported floating west of the Flannan Islands. A decomposed Risso’s dolphin was found on the west coast of Iona. The skeletal remains of a white-beaked dolphin was reported on Orkney. There was also a dead Minke whale spotted floating between Yell and Unst in Shetland. None of these were recovered for necropsy. A live stranded Atlantic white-sided dolphin was refloated in Orkney.
There were three other cetaceans reported to that too decomposed for identification, two from the west coast and one from the Western Isles (South Uist) this latter animal was either a common or striped dolphin.
The SMASS team also ran two Volunteer training courses on Shetland, we would like to welcome all our 24 new stranding volunteers on Shetland say a massive thank you to Jan and Pete Bevington of Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary for helping to organise the courses and for being such gracious hosts.