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 previous events at the Zoological Society of London, an online-only event allowed viwers to see behind-the-scenes at ZSL and observe a dolphin post-mortem taking place in real-time, revealing the important work of the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP).
The event was streamed live on Monday 12 March 2018. A recording of the event is available below, giving you the opportunity to hear from our experts as they demonstrate 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 bycatch on cetaceans in UK waters.
Warning: Please be aware that the event features graphic footage. Because of the nature of the event it is recommended that only adults and supervised children view this recording.
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
This event was run as part of British Science Week, the UK's biggest celebration of science.
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