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Orca from British Isles resident population found dead

WDC is very sad to hear from colleagues at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust that Lulu, a member of the West Coast Community and the British Isles’ only resident orca pod, has been found dead on the island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.

Lulu was identified from her distinctive saddle and eye patch markings. A post-mortem has revealed that she died after becoming entangled in fishing ropes.

The most well-known member of the pod is a male orca known as John Coe (below). Sadly, there have been no new calves seen in the group in recent years, which is thought to now number less than 10 individuals.

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George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.