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Monday, May 23, 2011

Second whale found dead in Loch Carnan - 22nd May 2011

A second pilot whale has been found dead in a Hebridean loch after experts feared more than 60 of the animals had been at risk of becoming beached.

The pod had left the shallow waters of Loch Carnan in South Uist on Saturday, but returned later that night.

They have now headed out of the area - but an animal welfare charity confirmed another whale's body had been found.

Tests on a body found earlier suggested the female died from disease, not because it was stranded on rocks.

Marine experts said the rest of the pod had now left the loch and appeared to be heading south.

Dave Jarvis, from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team, said it was thought the second whale had died elsewhere and floated into the area on the tide.

Mr Jarvis said: "During the late afternoon, BDMLR operations manager Stephen Marsh was alerted to a possible sighting of a second dead whale in the sea loch.

"A search was mounted and sadly the sighting was confirmed.

"It was too dangerous to recover the body of the adult, although another attempt might be made tomorrow [Monday] although it was noted that there seemed to be little damage to the parts that were visible.

"Due to its location and orientation, it is thought that the creature probably died elsewhere in the area and floated in on the incoming tide.

"It is currently impossible to comment on why this animal died." Read More