A mass of pilot whales have become stranded on a beach in Scotland. Many of the whales have died. It is unknown why the whales have drifted so far towards the shore. The beaches are located near Anstruther, which is located close to Fife.
Early news reports, from the BBC
, indicate that around 16 pilot whales have died and unconfirmed reports have suggested that around 10 whales are stranded. The whales are around 20 feet long.
notes that volunteers and animal groups helped to keep the whales alive until the high tide returns, at which points the whales were re-floated and successfully returned to the North sea.
is a small town in Fife, Scotland. The two halves of Anstruther are divided by a small stream called Dreel Burn. Fife is Scotland's third largest local authority area by population. It has a resident population of just under 360,000. The historic town of St Andrews is located on the northeast coast of Fife. It is well-known for one of the most ancient universities in the world and is renowned as the home of golf.
are among the largest of the oceanic dolphins. There are two species of pilot whale. The long-finned pilot whale (G. melas) and the short-finned pilot whale (G. macrorhynchus); it is the .long-finned whale which is found in colder waters, such as those off the coast of Scotland.