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Plastics found in Britain’s marine animals

Plastics found in Britain’s marine animals

Published: Thursday, 31st January 2019

Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.

Stranded sperm whale

Results of major sperm whale study published

Published: Thursday, 9th August 2018

The results of a major sperm whale investigation carried out by international marine experts – including the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) – have been published.

Stranding whale

A whale-sized challenge

Published: Thursday, 29th March 2018

Dr Andrew Brownlow, the veterinary pathologist in charge of the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) at SRUC, has described the post-mortem of a sperm whale as one of his most challenging.

A blue shark found on Roseisle beach, Moray, was among the cases recently investigated by SMASS.

‘CSI of the Sea’ whale stranding investigators secure fresh funding

Published: Thursday, 8th February 2018

The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) is to benefit from additional funding and will expand its research into sharks.

Whale Detective taking notes for stranding whale case

Get involved in marine mammal science in Scotland

Published: Monday, 18th December 2017

An inaugural marine mammal forum in the Highlands will give members of the public the chance to learn about some of the fascinating wildlife encountered around Scotland’s coasts.

Whale Detective taking notes for stranding whale case

Whale Detectives make strong case for award

Published: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

The team at the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) will tomorrow learn whether their ‘Whale Detectives’ initiative is among the winners at this year’s Nature of Scotland awards.

Volunteers take ample from dead whale

SMASS attend whale stranding near Ardentinny

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

The Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) recently attended the Northern Bottlenose whale found near Ardentinny in Argyll and Bute.

Killer whale found stranded on the Isle of Tiree

Scottish killer whale contained one of the highest concentrations of PCB pollutants ever recorded in marine mammals

Published: Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, managed by SRUC, has found that a killer whale found dead on Tiree had one of the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollution ever recorded.

Sperm whale mass stranding

SRUC Experts Help Investigate One of Europe’s Largest Sperm Whale Strandings

Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016

Experts from SRUC’s Scottish Marine Stranding Scheme (SMASS) were called upon when 12 whales were stranded on the Wadden Islands off the coast of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

Stranded whale

Andrew Recruits Oban Researchers for Marine Mammal Stranding

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

On a recent visit to Oban Dr Andrew Brownlow of Scotland’s Rural College updated staff at the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) on the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.

Humpback whale, Mull

Humpback Whale Post Mortem Suggests Entanglement in Salmon Farm

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

SRUC vets believe that a young humpback whale found drowned off the coast of Mull died after swimming into a fish farm.

Stranded sperm whale Joppa

SRUC and the Sperm Whale

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Time and tide wait for no man and in the case of Inverness based SRUC vet Andrew Brownlow the New Year tide at Joppa washed up a dead 26 tonne sperm whale.

Sowerbys beaked whale stranded

SRUC Vet Responds to Rare Whale Stranding on St Kilda

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

A vet from the SRUC-led Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme responded when the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) reported a rarely seen Sowerby’s beaked whale and its calf had become stranded.

Stranded pilot whale

Whale Stranding Link Investigated

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Specialist vets at Scotland’s Rural College have been investigating whether there is a connection between three whale strandings which occurred off Scotland’s east coast over the past few week.

Elmwood Animal Care students qualify as Marine Animal Medics

Elmwood Students Have a Whale of a Time

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

A group of SRUC Animal Care students based at Elmwood Campus have recently qualified as Marine Animal Medics.

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