Whale Live Strands in Mayo

27th Nov 2016

Earlier today (27 November), a large baleen whale c.12m in length was spotted struggling in very shallow water at Cross Beach, Killadoon, Co. Mayo. The whale was effectively stranded but as the incoming tide rose, surfers from nearby managed to encourage it away from the beach and it eventually managed to swim away in a northerly direction. At the moment, photos don't confirm which species it is but at this size it is likely to be either a fin or sei whale. Unfortunately, the outlook for the animal is poor as it is likely to be ill or injured when found so close to shore and there is a strong possibility that it will restrand in the coming days.

Image courtesy of Michael Gill.

 

Mick O'Connell,

IWDG Strandings Officer