WARNING: Please be aware that the event features graphic footage of a porpoise dissection and post-mortem taking place.
Every year around 600 porpoises, dolphins and whales (collectively known as cetaceans) strand around the UK coast. Why do these stranding events occur and what role does bycatch (accidental entanglement in fishing gear) play?
Following the success of a previous event at the Zoological Society of London, ‘CSI of the Sea’, we hosted a very special evening that took attendees (via live video link) behind the scenes of ZSL for the opportunity to see a cetacean post-mortem, revealing the important work of the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP).
Attendees heard from our experts and asked them questions as we demonstrated how vital information is gathered and analysed, how the cause of death is determined, and what this unique research can tell us about the impact of man-made chemicals on cetaceans in UK waters.
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- The UK Cetaceans Strandings Investigation Programme is co-funded by Defra and the Devolved Governments in Scotland and Wales. For more information about the programme please visit www.ukstrandings.org
- Find out about CSIP's research on PCBs
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