December 22, 2017
- The baby killer whale was swept inland by Storm Caroline’s 100mph winds
- Scientists carried out post-mortem on the three metre-long creature in Shetland
- The gruesome footage shows the orca being cut apart and its organs examined
- It is understood the four-year-old whale calf suffered an agonising death
A post-mortem on a killer whale calf swept 25 metres inland by Storm Caroline has confirmed the creature was healthy when it was stranded.
Grisly footage shows the orca being cut apart and its organs examined – all of which appeared to show no signs of pre-existing damage.
The clip shows veterinary pathologist Dr Andrew Brownlow carrying out an autopsy on the whale after it was dumped in a field by the 100mph storm.
The marine animal expert from the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme travelled to Eshaness in Shetland earlier this week to conduct the investigation.
It is understood the four-year-old whale calf suffered an agonising death when it became stranded on shore while still alive, on December 7.
The three-metre long animal was discovered by a member of the public on the west coast of Shetland’s main island.
In the gruesome clip, Dr Brownlow and staff from the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary roll the whale onto its stomach before taking various measurements.
At the start he describes the aims of the autopsy, saying: ‘The thing we’re really interested in, given its a killer whale, is these animals feed right at the very top of the food web.
‘They eat marine mammals which themselves eat fish, they eat everything else. So whatever is going on with killer whales is representative of whatever else is going on in the ocean.
‘This year and the last couple of years we’ve found quite alarming results with killer whales, not of this population but of ones that are off the coast of the western isles, what’s called the west coast community.
To see photos of the necropsy visit the source at Daily Mail.co.uk