(21.05 Update below – and You Tube link) There have been regular reports of a minke whale sighted in Loch Long – up by Arrochar – over the last 3-4 weeks.l we reported on the latest one a couple of days ago and contacted the appropriate the necessary agencies.
We have now heard again from Carol Illingworth who took the photograph shown here just over an hour ago.
It was taken at Ardmay Bay, just south of Arrochar at the head of Loch Long.
Carol says: ‘
What we have just witnessed has been quite distressing.
‘The whale is continually raising it’s tail fin and bashing it down towards the water until it just looks too tired to carry on.’
The Illingworths have notified the SSPCA and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue people – who will engage but who are stretched with the multiple strandings of pilot whales at Anstruther in Fire today. 16 have died and 10 have been saved.)
We are now about to contact the relevant agencies as well. This whale clearly needs expert help as a matter of urgency.
The whale has now been sighted a few times in the Ardmay area so that may be some sort of base at the moment.
21.05 update: We have also contacted the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in Tobermory, who, although Loch Long is not their territory, will make contacts to see what can be done. They won’t get anyone until the morning but night time is probably not much use anyway.
They confirm that the whale’s reported behaviour seems stressed; and say that if the whale has been in Loch Long for 3 or 4 weeks it will not have waten and will be weakening.
It may be a minke, as initially reported or it may be a bottlenose whale.
Minkes are about 30 feet long with a dolphin-like nose. Bottlenose whales have bulbpus heads and a pronounced bottlenose.
It would be helpful if everyone who has seen it on Loch Long, tried to detail what they are seeing and let us know by phone: 01499 500677. It does seem to have stayed around the top section of Loch Long, north of Loch Goil and has been seen off Ardmay on at least two occasions.
23.30 update: carol Illingworth took a video of the whale;s behaviour in Loch Long and has now published it here on You Tube.
17.30 3rd September update: Latest information in new story: Loch Long’s distressed Minke whale may be a Northern Bottlenose,