Washed up orca probe

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News -

A dead orca has washed up on a beach on an is­land in Shet­land.

The ma­rine crea­ture was spot­ted at the un­in­hab­ited Linga in Walls 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. 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.

The group said: “This is a unique op­por­tu­nity to learn more about these im­por­tant mem­bers of the ma­rine ecosys­tem."

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