Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Pilot whales in shallows caught

Tuesday, August 02, 2011
22 July 2011 last updated at 14: 45 GMT Pilot whales at Kyle of Durness. Pic: Donald Mitchell have up to 15 pilot whales in trouble in shallow water with a falling flood of Kyle of Durness in the remote North Highland coast pilot whales in shallow water on the Kyle of Durness.

The maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that the whales were believed by a pod of more than 60.

A Royal Navy bomb disposal team training in the field has offered his help in any rescue effort.

British divers marine life rescue (BDMLR) and Scottish SPCA inspectors were heading for the scene.

Whales at Kyle of Durness. Pic: Donald MitchellThe whales can hunt prey or looking for a place to have been

Highland Council countryside Ranger and nine coast guard volunteers have observed the situation.

The Ranger of the Council said that there remained only a narrow channel of the sea at low tide.

Kyle of Durness opens into Balnakeil Bay.

Charlie Phillips, a whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) field officer, said the area was remote and it would take sometime to reach rescuers to the scene.

Mr Phillips told the BBC News Scotland website: "It will be difficult."

"It is a remote and hard to get."

Mr Phillips added: "the whales may have proven to be of Pentland Firth, for prey or trying to find somewhere to rest."

He said that a young woman pilot whale at Scourie in Sutherland, was found a few weeks ago.

In may, two pilot whales were found dead in a hole of Hebridean after experts fear that more than 60 animals from getting beached the was threatened.

The pod had difficulties in Loch Carnan in South Uist.

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