More UK whales at risk of death by entanglement in fishing ropes, experts warn

More whales off the coast of Scotland face a growing risk of getting entangled in fishing ropes as their numbers increase, experts have warned. The ongoing problem saw a humpback whale washed up on an East Lothian beach in Scotland this week after getting wrapped in rope and ocean debris for weeks.

The 30ft marine mammal had “deep cuts into its blubber layer” and suffered from “sever chronic infection” and parasites, according the post mortem carried out on Skateraw beach near Dunbar. The young whale had struggled through the lines of cralle fishing, which involves a benign process where nets are lowered to the seabed to collect crustaceans by ropes attached to a buoy.

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