Bid to herd whales away from naval drill
LONDON: Marine wildlife experts were to try yesterday to move a pod of deep- diving northern bottlenose whales from Scottish coastal waters where Europe’s largest naval exercise is about to begin.
Exercise Joint Warrior is due to start tomorrow on Gare Loch, one of a chain of sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland. Animal welfare experts say sonar from the vessels could hurt the whales.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medics say the whales have been spotted in the area over the last month. The organisation says its rescue and military boats will be used to coax the marine mammals back out to sea. However, “there is no guarantee it will be successful, given the depth of water and distance that needs to be covered”.