Friday, May 20, 2011

Local News from Scotland...Save The Whales




          Excerpt from morning BBC news broadcast...This is why I LOVE news from Scotland...



News Anchor    
                        And now we go to South Uist with Fiona, where there is a pod of mellonhead whales in trouble.

Fiona              
 I'm here with whale expert Calum West, Team Leader of the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit. Calum, we see a pod of whales out in the water swimming in a tight circle. Can you tell us what is happening? 

Whale Expert    
There is a pod of whales out in the water swimming in a tight circle.

Fiona              
 Is that normal behaviour for whales?

Whale Expert   
Well they seem to be doing it, so I would say yes. It would not be normal if they were out of the water.

Fiona              
Will it become dangerous if they move into shallower water?

Whale Expert  
Well no, not if we don't go into the water with them.

Fiona             
Will the whales be in any danger if they approach shallower water?

Whale Expert   
That would depend on the depth of the shallow water.

Fiona              
What rescue efforts has the Cetacean Research Team made already?

Whale Expert   
We attempted to drive them out of the channel into the deeper waters of the sea. The whales just swam around our boats and returned to this area.

Fiona              
Do you know why the whales did that, or what the whales are experiencing or thinking now?

Whale Expert   
Actually, we have no way of communicating with whales.

Fiona                
What will be done now to try and help these endangered whales?

Whale Expert   
We'll continue our research, and then probably break for lunch, should these whales still be here later.

Fiona              
Thank you Colum. Well that's it from South Uist. We'll be here later in the broadcast for an update on the rescue efforts. Back to you, Devon...

1 comment:

  1. It's the whale watching season again! I'm so excited. I plan to take a trip in Scotland and have whale watching oban. Te place is famous to offer up close sightings of the whales.

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