Understanding cetacean stranding and response

Around the UK and Ireland, over 20,000 records of stranded cetaceans have been collected since 1913. Some recent case studies are detailed at the end of this post. Certain species appear more susceptible to stranding than others, and baleen whales strand much more rarely than dolphins and toothed whales. Around the UK, the most common species to strand are harbour porpoises and common dolphins (Coombes, E. et al. 2019).

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