I was shocked this morning, when I heard about a live stranding of a Fin Whale in Courtmacsherry in County Cork, here in Eire.
Via the website of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and the local County Cork radio I was able to follow the situation and the news that bones where visible through its blubber made me feeling sick, just thinking of the poor thing.
On a Lighter Note:
After delving into Whale news on the web of Whales along our SW coast a little I came upon news of a young Humpback Whale, photographed twice, once from Holland's largest island, in the North Sea, the, Texel, and 5 months later from Toe Head in County Cork. This was the first time that movement by Whales in European waters had been recorded.
The joint press release (in English, don't worry!)
Seeing that many young Whales die in their first 12 months, this was good news, the young Whale being spotted 5 months later in a healthy condition.