Whale washed up on shore

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News -

A dead orca has washed up on a beach on an is­land near Walls.

The ma­rine crea­ture was spot­ted at the un­in­hab­ited Linga on Thurs­day and Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage later con­firmed that it was an adult.

Lo­cal man­ager Karen Hall said the or­gan­i­sa­tion is keen to get sam­ples from the whale to find out more about its death and to see if it was in a photo ID cat­a­logue.

She said it was “quite un­usual" to see a killer whale washed up on Shet­land's shores as they are used to be­ing near land.

Scot­tish Ma­rine An­i­mal Strand­ing Scheme (SMASS) staff are in­ter­ested in com­ing to Shet­land from their base in In­ver­ness to as­sess the orca.

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