Highlands & Islands

Humpback whale found dead on Isle of Barra

Humpback whale found on Barra Image copyright Bruce Taylor/SMASS

A dead humpback whale has been found washed up on the Isle of Barra in the Western Isles.

The 26ft-long (7.9m) juvenile male was discovered on its back at Traigh Hamara at the southern end of the island on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme said the whale's body showed signs of having been entangled in fishing ropes.

Humpback whales can grow to 52ft (15.8m) long.

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