03 August 2009
Search for rare injured whale

Marine conservationists are to carry out checks of the Cromarty Firth for a rare deep sea whale which escaped while attempts were made to humanely kill it. The animal became beached along with another northern bottle-nosed whale on Sunday afternoon near Cromarty. Vets had injected both whales with drugs to put them to sleep because of injuries sustained out of the water. A third whale appears to have successfully made its way back out to sea after entering Cromarty Harbour.

The species is the same as one which made its way up the Thames into the centre of London in 2006.

06 August 2009: A second, rare, northern bottlenosed whale has been found dead in the Cromarty Firth, the Coastguard said.

from BBC Highland & Islands News

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