Washed up orca probe
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."