Minke whale strands in Killala Bay, Sligo

16th Sep 2009 An adult minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata, which appears to have drowned following entanglement in ropes, washed ashore today 16/09/09 at Inishcrone, Co. Sligo. The 8.8m female had extensive deep rope marks on its flank, tail stock and tail and likley died during the last few days.

Interestingly, this is the second stranding in the area this year of this species. A smaller (c. 4m) minke whale was found at a location approximately 2km away from todays stranding on 20 June 2009. Minke whales are frequently seen in Ireland's inshore waters between March and November each year.

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