This pygmy sperm whale became stranded and died at Ellenabeich on Seil earlier this month. It is only the fourth to have come ashore in Scotland, and the eleventh in the UK, since 1913. Pygmy sperm whales are rarely sighted and identified alive at sea, and therefore studying the carcas allows scientists to find out more about a particularly elusive species. Once again the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust has been involved in the rare movements of these creatures.
Scottish Islands Explorer - not rare, once every eight weeks