CSI of the Sea

Every year, around 600 porpoises, dolphins and whales strand around the UK coast.  But why do these strandings occur and are they caused by human activity? 

Scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are part of a research programme that is trying to find out. 

Join us for a very special event as we take you (via live video link) behind the scenes of ZSL for the opportunity to see a dolphin post-mortem, revealing the important work of the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP). 

Hear from our experts and ask them your questions as we demonstrate how vital information is gathered and analysed, how the cause of death is determined and what this can tell us about the threats these species face in UK waters.

Please be aware that the evening will feature graphic footage of a post-mortem being conducted in real time.  Because of the nature of the event (with graphic images of a dolphin post-mortem) it is recommended that only adults and children 16+ attend.   

The UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme is co-funded by Defra and the Devolved Governments in Scotland and Wales. For more information about the programme, please see here or visit: www.ukstrandings.org

If you have any queries about the event please email:  learning@zsl.org or call 020 7449 6505

Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme

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