September 3rd, 2012
04:55 PM ET

10 beached whales rescued on Scotland coast

Ten beached pilot whales were rescued Sunday in Scotland, but 16 others could not be saved, the local newspaper The Scotsman reported.

The stranding occurred between Pittenweem and Anstruther at the mouth of the bay called the Firth of Forth on the North Sea.

Rescuers took advantage of high tide to get 10 whales out of trouble about 4:30 p.m., but the rest, including three calves, died, the paper said. A 17th whale died Monday, BBC reported.

The Fife Coastguard, Fire Brigade, British Divers Marine Life Rescue team, and Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were joined by local veterinarians and volunteers in the rescue effort, The Scotsman reported. Large crowds gathered but were urged not to interfere with the rescuers.

A group of whales believed to be the ones that were refloated was spotted Monday near North Queensferry, across the Firth of Forth from the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, BBC reported. They were being monitored for signs of stranding as low tide approached. About two dozen other whales, believed to be from the same pod, were seen in shallow water a short distance away.

Bob McLellan, Fife Council's head of transport and environmental services, told BBC the whale carcasses are in a hard-to-reach place and may have to be winched up the cliff face for disposal.

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  1. Kanye

    Beached whales? Did the Kardashians boat crash?

    September 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      That, sir, is an insult to the whales...

      September 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States and Brittan,
    There could only be two causes for this,Submarine Acustic Sonar or the Earths Magnetic field is in flux and it is damaging the Whale internal guidance system,

    September 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Morgan

    Or maybe the water just tastes so nasty the poor whales will do anything to escape it?

    There is definitely something happening to cause them to do a totally abnormal behavior.

    Some seals and dolphins have signs of lung pollution such as would come from breathing smoggy air.

    September 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • seyedibar

      It's fairly normal behaviour. Mass beachings happen every hurricane season.

      September 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    They are just trying to EVOLVE

    September 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. larrycura

    I thought this was an article about Scottish sunbathers.

    September 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey


      September 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. johnnico

    ......In Florida yesterday, British Isles today....humans are Hell bent on destroying all other life on planet earth.............

    September 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lulia

    Yestarday just 22 whales was washed out dead in Florida deach, just few of them survived...what s going on???

    September 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • seyedibar

      a stormy Atlantic Ocean. It happens every autumn.

      September 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JOH

    I'll definitely try to save beached whales but can I cook the dead ones and eat them? I'll provide a tasty dish for whoever wants to join in the feast.

    September 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Better to render their blubber into oil. Whale oil has many valuable uses.

      September 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    Every time a sea mammal attempts to evolve into a land mammal, a bunch of do-gooders go to the beach and haul the poor creatures back into the water. What ever happened to animal rights???

    September 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brittinea

    So much respect to the people who were able to save some of them, very sad about the ones who didn't make it though.

    September 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Prime Controller

    This is natural... also a waste of time to free them, as they will beach themselves again.

    September 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. zzBottom

    "10 beached whales rescued on Scotland coast"

    Someone found my ex girlfriends!?

    September 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    Thank goodness they landed on Scotland and not the Faroe Islands

    September 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Maybe the whales strand themselves for a reason! Maybe they were infectious & didn't want the others in their pod to catch it! Why do we always assume that we know "what's best"? The carcasses should be thoroughly studied! Sometimes we humans need to learn what Not to do!!

    September 4, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Portland tony

    Pilot whales, for whatever reason, are known for stranding. No specific reason for this behavior is given, but could be caused by disease, magnetic anomalies, or by just following the wrong leader. But it's not unusual!

    September 4, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
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