Tuesday 30 November 2010

Survey of 20 years of Cetacean strandings around Britain


This Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) came ashore on the Ard peninsula near Port Ellen in Jasnuary 2008.  The definition of 'stranded' is a little vague.  The word implies that the animal was alive when it came ashore, but this is not always the case with cetaceans.  This Minke for example almost certainly died at sea before being washed ashore.  The word 'Stranded' seems to apply to any organisms that are found washed up on a beach - be it a whale, seal, fish or coconut.

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