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Dead cetacean -South Uist

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Old Tuesday 28th May 2019, 08:27   #1
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Dead cetacean -South Uist

Hi

I came across this on a beach in South Uist, Outer Hebrides last week. Does anyone know what it is?

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Old Tuesday 28th May 2019, 08:41   #2
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With that bulbous forhead, I'd have a guess at Pilot Whale?
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With that bulbous forhead, I'd have a guess at Pilot Whale?
The thing is so far gone its very difficult to have a go at ID. I wasn't convinced the forehead was bulbous - I thought it might have reshaped as the corpse collapsed - or you could interpret the forehead as squarish (Pygmy or Dwarf Sperm Whale): what about the curious looking dorsal?

My gut says distorted corpse of Harbour Porpoise, but "I dunno" would be more accurate.

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What length was this roughly? Small triangular dorsal suggests Harbour Porpoise and not much else to go on.
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What length was this roughly? Small triangular dorsal suggests Harbour Porpoise and not much else to go on.
Good point, size would be a big help!

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Good point, size would be a big help!

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Apologies, size really is important here!

It was about 4 metres long and the head appeared to be genuinely bulbous. Pilot Whale?
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Apologies, size really is important here!

It was about 4 metres long and the head appeared to be genuinely bulbous. Pilot Whale?
In that case yes, I think so (good call, Andy). Most of the fins have been removed, probably eaten. Pretty manky!

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The tail flukes look to have gone too, which may explain the small dorsal, if these parts decompose faster.

Risso's could still be a possibility too, at a stretch.
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In that case yes, I think so (good call, Andy). Most of the fins have been removed, probably eaten. Pretty manky!

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Clearly then an Eaten-finned Pilot Whale.....
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My gut says distorted corpse of Harbour Porpoise, but "I dunno" would be more accurate.
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Clearly then an Eaten-finned Pilot Whale.....
My gut says "don't eat this thing"
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