• Part of the dolphin or reflection from the sand? - champagne for monkeys
  • It's part of the animal - sand stuck on.

Beached dolphin - beauty!!!

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This white-sided dolphin was washed up on Nouster Bay a few days ago. It's about 2.5metres long. The gulls had just started nibbling.

lagfan09, BOY HOMINID, excisions, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Buckeye. 66 months ago | reply

    Not much like a bottle-nosed dolphin - no bottle nose! But then I can't really turn it into anything else either. Maybe it's a young something, but 2.5 m is sizeable, so maybe not.

  2. Chris@184 66 months ago | reply

    White-beaked Dolphin?
    Lagenorhynchus albirostris
    (ID Please)

  3. Buckeye. 66 months ago | reply

    Guess it has to be one of white-sided, white-beaked or bottle-nosed. Pass.

  4. HaroldShearer 66 months ago | reply

    What a Poignant & Unfortunate Situation.


  5. champagne for monkeys 66 months ago | reply

    Does it have a short beak or is there just a weird water reflection (see note)?

  6. Hello, I am Bruce 66 months ago | reply

    I think it is a white sided dolphin, but with unusual colours. Or a bottlenose dolphin with an odd nose.

    Scientists might be interested in a good photo of the dorsal fin, and might want to autopsy it or take tissue samples. You could try calling the Whale and Dophin Conservation Society, who have a center on the Moray coast, to let them know it is there since they are in contact with people who study dolphins in Scotland.

    WDCS Wildlife Centre,
    Spey Bay,
    Moray IV32 7PJ
    Telephone: 01343 820339
    Fax: 01343 829065
    email: wildlifecentre@wdcs.org

  7. andysnapper1 66 months ago | reply

    Looks like a short-beaked common dolphin to me, but I'm no expert.
    Its quite similar to a spinner as well but their range doesn't stretch this far north, although I suppose it could be the cold that killed it?
    Its always a shame to see them like this though.


  8. Pseudacris 66 months ago | reply

    I thought it was an Atlantic White-sided dolphin when I first looked at it, but it does have weird colors. I definitely think it is not a bottlenosed, and doesn't look right for a white-beaked dolphin. I'll be interested in an expert's take on this.

  9. Jen the wren 66 months ago | reply

    Thanks for your comments! I will email the WDCS and see if they know...

  10. Jen the wren 65 months ago | reply

    This has now been identified as a white-sided dolphin on number of teeth.

  11. lagfan09 63 months ago | reply

    Hello! I am admin for a group called White-Sides, and we would love to have this image added to our group.

  12. CourtneyMurr 25 months ago | reply

    This is an atlantic white-sided dolphin. After death, the color of whales and dolphin changes.

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