All whales that were stranded on a Donegal beach have sadly died

It is not known why the mammals became stranded on Rossnowlagh beach

All whales that were stranded on a Donegal beach have sadly died

Photograph by Thomas and Louise Coleman

All eight whales that became stranded on Rossnowlagh beach have died, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG).

As yet, it has not been ascertained why the beaked mammals swam to our coast as they are normally found in deep water. 

One solitary bottlenose whale survived from Wednesday to Thursday morning. However, the group did not hold high hopes for its survival as it was alone and usually lives in deeper water. 

Volunteers of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are taking samples from the whales, before the carcasses are removed by Donegal County Council for incineration. 

Earlier today, crowds of people, many who came to get a selfie taken with the whale were asked to keep their distance from the whale. 

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