Falkland Islands geography a trap for pilot whales

Source: MercoPress

Sasha Arkhipkin, Senior Fisheries Scientist talks about mass strandings of pilot whales.

 The geography of the Falkland Islands with many shallow water sandy beaches and strong winds makes them one of the most common natural traps of pilot whales in the Southern Ocean.

In the beginning of this year, Michael and Jeanette Clarke reported another mass stranding of pilot whales at one of their beaches on the northern coast of Lorenzo farm.

The Fisheries Department in close collaboration with Falklands Conservation and SAERI responded by organizing a research trip to the stranding site.