Second pilot whale washes up in Wexford

22nd Nov 2009

A 5.1m long finned pilot whale Globicephala melas washed up on Dollar Bay, 2 km south of Duncannon on Sunday, 22 November 2009.

This is the second stranding of this species on the Wexford coastline recently and only the 5th recorded stranding for this species off the Wexford coast. A 4.9m female pilot whale was found at Rostoonstown on 31 October. The carcass was extensively predated with quite extensive bite marks all around the tail stock area and around the anus and these bite marks were most likely caused at sea as the carcass only washed up early on Sunday.

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