« BackOperation underway to rescue distressed whale in west Kerry

Three whales that beached on a West Kerry strand this morning and had successfully been returned to sea have come back to Brandon Pier.

Pilot whales rescued at Gowlane Beach, photo by Suzanne Hall.

The alarm was raised when a local farmer saw the pilot whales on Gowlane Strand in Stradbally.

He contacted Suzanne Hall of Dingle Oceanworld, who organised a team of volunteers made up of local people and some holiday makers.

Just before lunch, the three whales were spotted again near Brandon Pier.

Efforts are continuing to hunt the three pilot whales back into sea from Brandon Pier.

The drama appeared to have ended on Gowlane Strand earlier this morning when all three pilot whales had successfully been returned to sea.

But the larger of the three appears to be in serious difficulty and rescuers will have to decide if she should be allowed to beach again and then be put to sleep by a veterinary surgeon.

The three first got into distress earlier this morning when a local farmer reported a mass beaching to Suzanne Hall of Oceanworld Aquarium.

Philip Fitzgibbon of Splash Sports in Castlegregory, who helped in the rescue, is appealing to members of the public to remain vigilant today.