The beautiful Stradbally beach near Castlegregory, Co Kerry was littered with some unpleasant sights this weekend with a pilot whale and a large number of gannets and seagulls found dead on the shore.
While the causes are unknown for most of the animals, for one gannet the cause was all too clear and avoidable.
Local birds had been quick to take advantage of the whale as a food source.
This was an easily avoidable death. Old rope can be recycled and reused.
Discarded rope doesn’t just disappear – It becomes a noose for wildlife
Want some ideas of what to do with old nets and fishing rope? Visit Circular Ocean.