Increase in washed up dolphins and porpoises reported

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The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme has said the amount of washed up creatures has doubled

7th August 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The amount of whales, dolphins and porpoises which have been found stranded on Scottish shores has spiked in recent weeks.

The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) has reported that 41 cetaceans ­– aquatic mammals – were reported washed up in Scotland last month.

This figure amounts to more than double of that for June, when 17 were found. The harbour porpoise was the most common animal found, with 22 beached creatures reported.

Two white beaked dolphins were found, with minke whales and Atlantic white sided dolphins also recovered.

SMASS logs reports of washed up creatures and aims to provide a surveillance of animals that live in Scotland’s seas.