Efforts continue to save whales stranded off Skye

Efforts are currently underway to rescue pilot whales stranded off Skye.

The whales were first reported off Staffin yesterday afternoon and British Divers Marine Life Rescue volunteers dispatched to observe the pod in case of any problems.

At around 4am reports were received that 21 animals were stranded at Brogaig Bay, with two already dead.

The BDMLR team were able to refloat 18 of the whales and one, a pregnant female, was put in pontoons ready to refloat but sadly the calf was discovered to be already dead by a local vet attending the rescue. As the female would not survive she was humanely euthanised.

Ten of the animals have now restranded on Staffin Island and are being given first aid by the BDMLR team but are not in an easy position, having stranded awkwardly on rocks, making it difficult to relieve the pressure on their bodies.

Thanks have been extended to all those involved in the rescue – BDMLR volunteers, vets, MCA, Police Scotland, Marine Scotland and the many locals who have been at the heart of activity.