55 Whales Die In ‘Worst Mass Stranding Ever’ Seen In UK


The entire pod of pilot whales washed onto Traigh Mhor beach at North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis at 7am on Sunday 16th, with the initial 15 survivors having to be euthanised after attempts to refloat them failed.

It is unclear what has caused the incident. SMASS will conduct a post-mortem to try to establish the reason.

In 2011, when a pod of 19 whales stranded and died, four large bombs set off underwater by the Royal Navy were blamed by government scientists.


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