Pilot Whale, Gannets and Seagulls found dead on Stradbally Beach, Kerry

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.

Pilot Whale Gannets Seagulls dead Stradbally Kerry

Pilot Whale Stradbally beach, Co Kerry (Photo credit Brian O’Connor)

Pilot Whale Gannets Seagulls dead Stradbally Kerry

(Photo credit Brian O’Connor)

Pilot Whale Gannets Seagulls dead Stradbally Kerry

(Photo credit Brian O’Connor)

Local birds had been quick to take advantage of the whale as a food source.




Pilot Whale Gannets Seagulls dead Stradbally Kerry

Gannet wrapped in rope on Stradbally Beach (Photo credit Brian O’Connor)

This was an easily avoidable death. Old rope can be recycled and reused.

Pilot Whale Gannets Seagulls dead Stradbally Kerry

(Photo credit Brian O’Connor)

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.

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Daniel Farrell

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