Thursday, February 14th 2013 - 20:46 UTC

Pod of pilot whales found dead after stranding in the east coast of the Falklands

Falklands Conservation confirmed the stranding of long-finned pilot whales including the death of 22 adults on the east coast of East Falkland at Pleasand Roads, half way between Stanley and Mare Harbour.

Falklands Conservation staff collecting valuable information from the dead whales (Photo: PN)

The initial report was on Monday but by the time a team of Falklands Conservation staff, volunteers and FIG Environmental Officer Nick Rendell visited the site 22 adults stranded over the weekend had already died.

A further 30 whales that were reported swimming in the shallows near the stranded animals were not evident in the vicinity and it is hoped that they had moved off into deeper waters.

Pilot whales are the most common cetacean species to strand on the Falklands’ shores. Dr Andy Stanworth of FC says that “cetaceans are difficult to study due to their lives at sea and when stranding occurs at an accessible location, valuable information about the species can be collected if it is done before the bodies deteriorate and are scavenged by birds. On this occasion, information on the body condition and sex were gathered and samples taken that can be used to determine the ages and genetics of individuals within the pod”.

Sarah Crofts of Falklands Conservation adds that “the stranded individuals appeared in healthy condition and consisted of both males and females. The largest individual was approximately 6 metres long and the smallest, a female at just under 4 metres. There were no obvious reasons why the animals stranded, although remains of other cetaceans at this site suggest that this shallow sandy beach is a susceptible to such events”.

Falklands Conservation says that they would like to thank those individuals who reported the incident and Alan Eagle, manager of Fitzroy Farm. (FIRS)
 

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1 Brit Bob (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 08:54 pm Report abuse
Wait for Cristina to blame the Royal Navy.
2 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 09:01 pm Report abuse
She can try and the trolls will, but it's a mysterious natural occurance that happens all over. Happens around here at Cape Cod a lot.
3 slattzzz (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 09:16 pm Report abuse
Probably been listening to CFK and tinman and lost the will to live
4 reality check (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 09:25 pm Report abuse
Cap
I think the current hypothesis is that they are caused by some form of viral infection.
5 agent999 (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 09:28 pm Report abuse
Herr Think will soon be here telling us about all the seismic surveying being the problem.
6 reality check (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 09:36 pm Report abuse
Herr Danny Burger, will no doubt make some crack about them being sent back to the UK to be eaten with soggy chips and vinegar. Best to get them in first, save them the effort.
7 slattzzz (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 09:37 pm Report abuse
@5 yep herr stink will say the royal navy have been using thier sonars and confused thier navigation, whereas we all know they never use thier sonars unless they are about to torpedo something, and as the rg navy can't put to sea there is nothing to ping on so they will just listen
8 andy65 (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 09:40 pm Report abuse
Better make sure there not Maximo and some of his obese friends
9 slattzzz (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:00 pm Report abuse
and dont forget 100% nuclear defence built in rgenweener from..............oh I've forgotten his name he's so far away in Canada
10 reality check (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:06 pm Report abuse
That's Pirate, Sussies Punter! Lmfao.
Nite all. Fight the good fight.
11 malen (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:07 pm Report abuse
make them ADN, because for me those are not whales (ballenas) but dolphins (delfines). You eat horse meat for beef, so try to be sure of this.
12 agent999 (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
Nostrolldamus the XXX - Will tell us “You destroyed the pristine quality of the islands” and provide a link showing that we have been doing this for at least 400,000 thousand years.
13 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:19 pm Report abuse
#4 RC intesresting. I have not heard that but I know there is lots of research going on. As I said it happens at the Cape here often
14 slattzzz (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:25 pm Report abuse
@12 no malen they are pilot whales
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilot_whale. But i suppose as always you know better than the rest of us eh?
15 malen (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:40 pm Report abuse
in spanish, whats their name?????
and you never know what happens, its really very bad the information.
16 slattzzz (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:44 pm Report abuse
@16 I'm not Spanish so they are Pilot Whales ok. The experts say they are Pilot whales but if you say different then so be it, you know best, better than all those Marine experts and I bow to your superior knowledge.........................NOT !!!!!
17 Monty69 (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 11:26 pm Report abuse
16 malen
They are pilot whales. Pilot whale stranding s are common all around the world. I don't think anyone knows for sure why they do it.
18 Escoses Doido (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 12:11 am Report abuse
Pirat whales!!!!!!!! (There , got that one in first)
19 briton (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 12:41 am Report abuse
Another conspiracy by the British against
argentine interest and profit.

they will say.
20 dab14763 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 03:08 am Report abuse
Actually, the pilot whale is genetically a dolphin, as is the killer whale, despite the name.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic_dolphin
21 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 04:33 am Report abuse
17 Monty69
Is any person in New Island Conservation Trust, Board of Trustees still related in anyway to the fishing or oil industry?

Is this list current?
New Island Conservation Trust, Board of Trustees
:: Chairman
Air Vice-Marshal David O. Crwys-Williams CB FCIPD FCIM RAF (Rtd)

:: Trustees
Captain Peter J. Erskine CBE RN VMH
Mr Howard Pearce CVO
Mr Jeffrey Mills TD FRGS
Mr Lewis Clifton OBE (Former Director of Desire Petroleum???)
Mrs Margaret Butler
Mrs Phyllis M. Rendell JP (Former Director of Mineral Resources???)
Professor J.P. Croxall CBE FRS

“FIG Environmental Officer Nick Rendell visited the site 22 adults stranded..”
Any relation with Mrs Phyllis M. Rendell perhaps?

Wildlife is in good hands in Malvinas...Is it?
22 Anglotino (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 04:40 am Report abuse
I tried to find a point in the post above, but really have no idea what Marcos is actually alluding to.
23 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 05:16 am Report abuse
I don't expect a Skippy to understand that.
24 Anglotino (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 06:48 am Report abuse
Oh how cute Marcos. Actually we say Skip. From the word Skippy. So technically you just complimented me because I am an extremely proud Skip mate!

Still have no idea what you are talking about in post 21.

Scary thing is.... you probably don't either!
25 lsolde (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:47 am Report abuse
l take full responsibility, Marcos.
l had Led Zepplin's “Stairway to Heaven” on last night & these poor whales/dolphins picked it up on their sonar/internal radio(?) & wanted to join the party.
And if you don't know if your list is current, then your intelligence is not as good as you think it is.
l can't believe l just said that-“intelligence”?
26 Benson (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 09:35 am Report abuse
I think he is saying that it is good that we had an enviromentally conscious director of oil.
27 Falkland Islands (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 10:28 am Report abuse
@ 23 Rich coming from and Argentine!
28 Monty69 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:28 am Report abuse
21 Marcos Alejandro

Yes it is, thanks.

You appear to be saying that the oil industry and Mineral Resources Department shouldn't employ anyone who cares about the environment.

Or perhaps you are saying that having any family connection to someone who was once involved in industry disqualifies you from looking after the environment.

Thanks for your concern, but it really isn't necessary, owing to the fact that you don't know anything about it and it doesn't concern you.
29 M_of_FI (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:31 am Report abuse
@21

“Wildlife is in good hands in Malvinas...Is it?” - I am not quite sure what you are trying to insinuate... are you some how trying to blame the people of the Falklands for this animal tradegy?

Whales have been beaching themselves in the Falklands long before the hydrocarbons industry came along. In fact, it is an occurance across the world, so I am sorry to say, but this one isn't the Falkland Islander's fault! But nice try. Maybe the pilot whales were trying to escape from Argentina and become so desperate they didn't see the Falklands. So, I think we can blame the Argentines for this one...
30 Simon68 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 12:20 pm Report abuse
15 malen (#)
Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:40 pm

“in spanish, whats their name?????”

They are caled “calderón común” in Spanish.
31 Foxtrot Indigo (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 12:38 pm Report abuse
@21

I would be more worried about the state of your railways if I were you...and whatever you do, don't witness a train accident in case you get rubbed out afterwards!
32 Conqueror (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 01:59 pm Report abuse
@21 There is no such place as “Malvinas”! Since it's an argie fantasy name, argies must be responsible. No surprise. Argies don't care who or what they kill!
33 StrandedMore (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 02:29 pm Report abuse
The massive 1100 sq.km. new 3D seismic survey by Borders and Southern was scheduled to start mid-February which is now. Here you go, your reason for this massive stranding.
34 andy65 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 03:02 pm Report abuse
@Marcos Alejandro, I do hope you and your family are still paying UK taxes,when will you be going home by the way there is a direct flight now with British Airways
35 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 04:28 pm Report abuse
25 lsolde
Good music choice, wrong island to live without permission.

28 Monty69
Thanks
Oil industry/over fishing=wildlife disaster

34 andy65
England is a DREARY OVERPRICED CHAV INFESTED DUMP.
My three days there long ago:
I saw the sun for about 1 minute during my stay. I was gobsmacked at how small houses were. The aggression and general look on people's faces was depressing.
Thanks but I rather be poor in my beautiful country rather than a “millionaire” in your dump.
36 JohnCFI (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 04:47 pm Report abuse
@35 Mike Bingham

You still living off charity money which was defrauded from people interested in conservation, and books about imagined Falklands conspiracies??
37 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 05:03 pm Report abuse
I see that some people are still sore about Bingham victory in the Supreme Court.
38 Foxtrot Indigo (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 05:28 pm Report abuse
@37

Are you still sore that you were kicked out of the Falklands all those years ago? Poor little RG who tried to settle on these lands but was kicked out arse first becuase he's a pathetic little worm and we only want hard working RGs here. Go cry somewhere else worm
39 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 05:31 pm Report abuse
I still see that some people are still sore about Bingham victory in the Supreme Court.
40 Foxtrot Indigo (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 05:40 pm Report abuse
@39

And yet I and my family are living on the Falklands and you are not. HA! I'd say we won the greater victory wouldn't you?
41 reality check (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 06:56 pm Report abuse
@40 FI

No he does not, your lucky.

He lives in the UK, his claim to have been here for only three days, years ago are pure shite!!!!!

He has been living here for three decades, he's a typical treacherous, dishonest Malvanista and the grand daddy of all hypocrits.

He's a British, Argentine Ex pat.
42 lsolde (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 07:22 pm Report abuse
@35 Marcos,
Well, l certainly don't need your permission as these are not your lslands.
You don't really think that they are yours, do you?
You do? Oh, poor deluded fool.
Let me put your mind at rest.
The Falklands belong to the people who live here.
Got it now? Good.
43 Joe Bloggs (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 07:57 pm Report abuse
22 Anglotino

G'day my Aussie mate. Saturday morning for you already. Laughing! That's assuming you have the weekend off.

Let me try to explain a bit about Marcos. Several people on here tend to believe Marcos is actually a chap called Mike Bingham. I tend to believe he may be but I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt based on his flat rejection of the idea.

Mike Bingham was in the Falklands in the 90s / early 00s. He was at one time the manager of Falklands conservation and was turfed out of that job because of his stance on fishing vs. conservation; penguins in particular. Long story short, FIG tired to throw him out, he took them to court and won.

Now, whether Marcos is Mike or not probably only they know. What I can say though is that Marcos has a large amount of local knowledge and loves to tease his Mike Bingham accuses with that knowledge. He will sternly reject the accusation and then round off the post with a bit dollop of local intelligence.

He would have to have been part of the community at some stage to know some of what he knows. He simply says he gets it all from the Internet. Bullshit!

Options could be:
He is Mike Bingham
He is someone else and is amongst us right now
He has lived at some time, and recently, amongst us
He is being fed the info from someone who is one of the above

At the end of the day it's not important. Mike Bingham was a deadbeat and Marcos is of the same calibre.

What's on for the weekend mate? What are you into in your spare time? I love Melbourne.
44 reality check (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:03 pm Report abuse
He claims to have gained his knowledge from a three day visit to the UK three years age. Rubbish, he is a Britsh Argentine Ex pat and a treacherous one at that.
45 Monty69 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 09:23 pm Report abuse
I've never thought that Marcos was Mike Bingham, the reason being that he writes like someone who genuinely doesn't speak English all that well, and not like a native speaker impersonating someone who doesn't. If you catch my drift. Just a hunch really.
On the other hand, I am detecting a hint of crazy rolly- eyed enviro- conspiracy- theory wierdness that would fit right in.
I think he was very lucky to leave when he did, shortly after 'Lester the starving Gentoo chick' appeared in the PN from the pen of Bingham, and shortly before Gentoo numbers bounced back from the red tide to their present extremely high numbers. He can carry on peddling his flawed science and poisoning potential supporters with unverifiable nonsense and no-one can touch him for it.
46 Anglotino (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 10:34 pm Report abuse
Hey Joe

Yes I read up recently on Mike Bingham. Someone posted a link denigrated the FIG. I'm of the view that governments aways make mistakes. It is how they react, rectify and improve that is a better reflection.

I guess that is one if the biggest differences between many Argentineans and say Aussies or Kelpers. We know our governments do good but we make sure they pay or change when they do wrong. Populism doesn't seem to take deep root in British or British-derived societies.

Mike Bingham's websites are nothing if not mediocre and he certainly wears his persecution complex well.

Even if Marcos is telling the truth, who travels all the way around the world for 3 days. What a juvenile and facile person, to judge a country in 3 days!

At last count I have travelled to 28 countries and spent 4 years travelling. Every single country was awesome. Just because I wouldn't live there doesn't mean that I will slag it off.

Either way Marco's post was pathetic. He is nothing if not consistent. With the islands having such a small population it isn't surprising that: 1/ people are related and 2/ that some people have more than one job.

Oh that's right I remember thinking the other day that perhaps one of the reasons Doveoverdover is so bitter is because the FIG learnt a lesson and checked his CV. Bitterness like his is usually a sign of rejection.

As for my weekend, we're onto our fourth 30C+ day so I'm not too energised (27C next Wed is our lowest temp this coming week). My poor Border Collie is feeling worse! I bought a block of land 5 years ago which I now need to offload as uni starts it in 2 weeks-off to the estate agent. Which reminds me.... later I'll jump on a tram and hit the Vic Market and then walk up to uni to buy some text books! Looks like my trip to Latin America in July is not happening as my Colombian flatmate's family is heading down under in just over a month! The silver lining is that I might go at Xmas and might go via Chile or BA not LA.
47 andy65 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:08 pm Report abuse
@Marcos Alejandro You live in a fantasy world just like that Witch SS HITLER KIRCHNER we all know you do not live in Argentina you prick
48 Joe Bloggs (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:31 pm Report abuse
46

Good morning Australia. 30c is definitely take it easy weather. Enjoy the market if you make it there. I love those trams although when we were there last year we were as confused as a lot of the people at the train stations and on the trams by your new ticketing system. Myci? Or something like that.

I'm sure it's all settled down now but everyone told us that it was a bit of a messy introduction. We tried to buy a ticket from Glen Waverley to the city that would also allow us unlimited travel around Melbourne. From memory it cost us AUD11 per adult and less per child which we thought was very cheap. The lovely lady who sold us the tickets was terribly sorry for us over the cost. She was sure it should've cost less but the new system wasn't letting her sell us the correct ticket. It was very sweet because everybody kept apologising to us about it.

As for Marcos, what can I say. Nothing really. Mike or not he is bitter like Dove. I think the “R” word is getting them all upset.

Have a good day mate and stay out of that sun unless you're a mad dog or an Englishman.
49 Anglotino (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 01:37 am Report abuse
Joe

Myki is all you can use now! I didn't like it at first but I'm a convert. Also as a student living in zone 1 it only costs me about $3 for all day! My car can start gathering dust.

By the sound if it you love my city which pleases me no end. I like to think we are pretty polite, especially for a large city. I'm sure you'll be back but hopefully I'll get there first.

And you are right, the bitterness is palpable. You have surely notice the increased rhetoric from the Argentine government and the massive increase in trolling.

I read the UK government's paper on Scotland that was released this week. What was most interesting was the historical depths that the UK government could so easily go into to discuss the issues regarding Scottish independence. It made me realise why the UK doesn't go in for the arguing over minutiae regarding the Islands.

Argentina is only an irritant, nothing more. Britain obviously takes the long view. It is one of the longest continuing stable states in the world and can draw on extremely deep and detailed archives and records not to mention a world class legal and diplomatic corp. I won't compare this to Argentina because they honestly aren't in the same league.

Marcos isn't a challenge. Actually I have yet to come across a anti-FI poster that is a challenge. DoD tries to big everyone down in semantics to cover his desperation and bitterness. Toby, tantrums on a daily basis. Raul, posts the same things again and again. Alex Arg the same. The rest... well the rest.... LMAO.

My brother got the Spanish genes and I got the full-on Danish ones, so definitely not going out in the sun today.
50 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 01:38 am Report abuse
46 Anglotino
“Even if Marcos is telling the truth, who travels all the way around the world for 3 days...”
Skip, three days was long enough in England(pit stop)
Please help the Pom above, he easily gets confused.
51 C0nqueror (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 01:38 am Report abuse
@32
ooooooops. i open my mouth again
52 Anglotino (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 04:16 am Report abuse
Well with the peso plummeting I know that 3 days is all you can afford.

Me on the other hand. I plan on spending a long time in Argentina. Being so much richer, it will hardly cost me a thing. I mean the median Aussie wage is ARS13,000 a week. Should last me about 3 months not 3 days.

According to IATA I can bring in up to US$10,000 cash without declaring it. I'm pretty sure EVERYONE will prefer me to pay with US$.

Should be an awesome holiday.
53 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 03:59 pm Report abuse
Skip
You will spend time in Argentina? Enjoy your stay
About time, what took you so long? I visited your beautiful country long before you knew the existence of mine.

Glad we can help
www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/argentina-exports-reactor-to-australia-and-ratifies-its-nuclear-plan.html
54 Anglotino (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 08:34 pm Report abuse
Marcos thanks for the skip compliment again. And thanks for calling my country beautiful. It truly is. Considering you age, I don't doubt you visited my country before I knew Argentina existed. That is the difference between you and me-I continue to learn and grow and you don't.

You obviously ignore the fact the I have travelled through 28 countries. And taken 4 years of backpacking to do it. I'm in no rush. I've for plenty of time and also constant devaluations, currency restrictions and inflation don't erode my wealth and spending power. Within the next 3 years I plan on travelling to another 20. And I'll do that while a full time student.

I could have spent 3 days in BA last year but that is a pathetic amount of time and I would have been a mere tourist. I did enjoy my two months in Colombia.

And amazing to hear about the nuclear reactor. It is a credit to Argentina.

But I'm sure they were asking for credit when the reactor was shut down LESS than a year after starting due to dodgy fuel plates and leaking water. Our high safety standards found the faults and a planned EIGHT WEEK shutdown extended to TEN MONTHS to fix. And that Australia was forced to modify it.

I guess we learnt our lesson on buying Argentine.
55 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 07:13 am Report abuse
You're welcome
When did I ignore your travel? be humble, travel is like sex...if you talk to much about how good are you at it.....well. :-)
Sorry about the small leak...we are not that perfect.
56 Anglotino (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 09:34 am Report abuse
Marcos

I'm not sure what sort of travel you do but it is not like sex. The people that don't talk about travel are the ones that don't.

This is the opposite to talking about sex. I have literally spoken to THOUSANDS of other travellers about travelling WHILE travelling.

It's also how I end up in places like the Basque Country instead of Madrid. How I hitchhiker from London to Dublin but actually ended up in Belfast instead. How I couldn't find accommodation in Paris so ended up in Normandy.

I tell you what, you Argentineans sure make up some weird shit to attempt to shut down debate. You are the first one that bought up travel. And now don't wanna talk about it. Poor Marcos, are Chile and Uruguay the extent of your future travel plans? Can't get US$? Or can't get a wage increase to beat inflation?

It is now painful obvious that you have done very little travel if any. So perhaps you have learnt a lesson and won't bring it up next time as an unrelated topic.

You're very good at that though.

“Sorry about the small leak...we are not that perfect.”

No problem. I advise incontenence pads and Pilates to strengthen your pelvic floor.
57 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:04 pm Report abuse
Sow off Skippy :-))

I highly recommend for you to get a map so you won't get to wrong place.

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