The fragmentary and decomposed remains of a nothern bottlenose whale were reported stranded at Kenfig Sands in Bridgend, Wales on Saturday 10th September.
Marine Environmental Monitoring attended the stranding to confirm species identification and also to collect a range of samples. The degree of decomposition indicates that the whale likely died some distance offshore and some time ago- the decomposition also limited the investigation of the body. The scalloped cuts on the ventral (bottom) aspect of the body were thought to be potentially due to scavenging of the body by one or more sharks.
This is only the third stranding of a northern bottlenose whale in Wales since the inception of the CSIP in 1990.