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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rescue operation under way after three whales are beached in sea loch, Scotland - 22nd July 2011

Three pilot whales became stranded on the shore of a remote Highland sea loch today.

Rescuers at the scene said the whales were part of a pod of around 60 which got trapped in the Kyle of Durness, one of Britain's most northerly points.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity said the three mammals were being given first aid on the beach.

Between 15 and 20 pilot whales which were thought to be in danger of stranding have been herded back to a deeper channel of water where they rejoined the larger group.

The larger group may still become stranded once the estuary tide goes out. The Navy and Coastguard are also helping with the rescue, which is expected to continue through the night into tomorrow.

The Scottish Agricultural College said another 20 of the whales could be heading for shallow water.
SAC vet Dr Andrew Brownlow is making his way to the Kyle of Durness. He will conduct post-mortem examinations on any dead whales. Read More