6 beaked whales strand in Azores

28th Jun 2009 During the last two weeks a total of 6 beaked whales stranded on São Miguel Island, Azores. Of these 6 two were dead and 4 stranded alive and returned to the open sea. From the first two animals (the dead ones) we only can get one identification and it was a Cuvier's Beaked Whale, probably an immature male.

The other four animals stranded on a beach and they were returned to the sea immediately by the lifeguards and the coastal guard, for these reason we don't have a lot of information, but for the pictures they send us probably were Sowerby's Beaked Whales.

We only now that they stranded alive and probably they were immature animals also, due to the body length (about 3.5 meters).

Marc Fernandez Morron

Universidade dos Açores