|The pod of approximately 60 pilot whales were seen swimming in the Kyle of Durness, roughly 10 miles north of Kinlochbervie, on Friday morning.|
As the tide went out around forty of them because stranded on sandbanks.
Experts, volunteers, and emergency services arrived on the scene very quickly and attempted to return the stranded whales to deeper water whilst guiding those not yet stranded away from the danger areas.
Despite being on-scene until midnight, they were unable to save sixteen of the whales.
Mystery surrounds the reason why they swam into the Kyle. One suggestion is that they may have been scared by explosions from the nearby Cape Wrath bombing range, where Navy divers were disposing of some of the many unexploded bombs and shells that litter the seabed there.
[Thanks to Pat Cooper for the photographs]