Friday 23 August 2019

Whale washed up on beach in Sligo is 'cause for concern'

Beached whale on Sligo beach - picture: Rosalie Vogt courtesy of Marie Casserly twitter page
Beached whale on Sligo beach - picture: Rosalie Vogt courtesy of Marie Casserly twitter page
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

A female whale has been washed up on a beach in Sligo.

The 12 metres long sperm whale was found on Streedagh beach.

Beached whale on Sligo beach - picture: Rosalie Vogt courtesy of Marie Casserly twitter page
Beached whale on Sligo beach - picture: Rosalie Vogt courtesy of Marie Casserly twitter page

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said they were aware of the beaching and it follow a number of similar incidents over the past few months along the north west coast.

However, they said that it was a cause of concern to have so many occurring was a cause for concern.

"Generally we get adult male sperm whales off the Irish coast so this is a little unusual," the IWDG said on its website.

"Having three sperm whales washed up along the west coast in a short period is now of concern.

"What could be causing these deaths?"

"IWDG will explore some potential options regarding this increasingly unusual stranding pattern."

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