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Cornwall news Cornwall's tracked killer whales swim to north Scotland in one week UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - 'That's why you can't put orcas in captivity' says whale expert

Cornwall news  Cornwall's tracked killer whales swim to north Scotland in one week UK news
16 May 2021 - 13:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Two killer whales spotted off the coast of Cornwall earlier this month have been seen again – at the other end of the United Kingdom. The UK’s only resident orcas, John Coe and Aquarius, were spotted off the Cornish coast by the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno on May 6. Nature photographer Will McEnery-Cartwright was enjoying refreshments at the cliff-top theatre when he spotted what he thought were two whale fins in the water. He said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realised it was an orca (killer whale). Wow.” Will’s sighting was confirmed by experts as John Coe and Aquarius. Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine team said it was amazed by the rare sighting of two killer whales seen off the coast of West Cornwall. It is believed this may be the first record of the UK’s only resident population of orcas travelling this far south in Great Britain. You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with CornwallLive’s FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. John Coe and Aquarius were identified by the shape and notches of their dorsal fins and patches of colouration near their eyes and on their backs which makes them easily recognisable and which can be used to track these individuals around the UK’s coastline. Abby Crosby, marine conservation officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “The Trust’s Seaquest Southwest team were incredibly excited to hear about this orca report, and even more delighted when the photos received then validated the record and identified these rare and beautiful individuals as John Coe and Aquarius. “This is the first official orca record in our databases with associated photos in over a decade, and further proof of the value of our coastal seas in supporting these magnificent creatures.” (Image: Steve Truluck / Twitter @SteveTruluck1) John Coe and Aquarius have now been spotted at the opposite end of the UK – 895km away from the Minack at Dunvegan Head, Skye, in Scotland.

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. That's why you can't put #Orcas in captivity!” The two orcas form part of the West Coast Community, a specialised pod of eight individuals that can be distinguished from other groups of killer whales by their unusual sloping eye patch and larger size. Although they are regularly monitored, some individuals have not been seen in recent years and there have been no calves observed since monitoring began in the 1990s. According to the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust’s website, the pod faces the risk of extinction as a direct result of human impact. This includes exposure to high levels of now-banned PCB chemicals which have caused poor health and infertility within the pod. Abby added: “This pod, and the issues it faces with infertility and future extinction, should be a huge wake up call to the public that we must protect these creatures better in our waters. Now is the time to take action by supporting our 2021 appeal.” As the largest member of the dolphin family, orcas are a keystone species that play an important role in the balance of our marine ecosystem. A fundraising appeal has recently been launched by Cornwall Wildlife Trust to tackle the issues affecting Cornwall’s dolphins and porpoises, several of which are caused by human behaviours. The trust hopes to raise £30,000 to limit the effects of disturbance, bycatch and noise pollution to protect the presence of these marine mammals in Cornish waters. To help Cornwall Wildlife Trust protect Cornwall’s dolphins and porpoises, go to www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/dolphinappeal

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