July 31, 2021

Tributes to Wicklow volunteers who helped remove whale from harbour

A distressed whale died in Wicklow harbour after it became trapped and got into difficulty.

The rare species, a Sowerby’s beaked whale, is usually found in deep water.

Experts said the whale could not survive in the Irish Sea, which is not its natural habitat.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) thanked those who helped to take part is helping to remove the whale from Wicklow harbour.

The group said: “Sadly the male Sowerby’s beaked whale observed in Wicklow harbour this afternoon has died. From the outset it appeared to be in ill health, appearing disorientated and having difficulty moving. Therefore, it would not have been a candidate for refloating. Euthanasia is also extremely difficult in these circumstances due to the large size of the animal as well as public safety concerns.

“IWDG are extremely grateful for all the help recieved in order to respectfully and safely remove the animal from the harbour after it died, including the Irish Coast Guard for their assistance on site, as well as the members of  Wicklow Sailing Club, Aplha Marine services, services, our dedicated volunteers and the members of the public who got involved. It will be transported to one of the Regional Vet Labs for a necropsy (post-mortem) which is being supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Services. This will hopefully give us some insight into how this wonderful animal lived and died.”

PHOTO: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Facebook 



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