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Francois Baelen | Ocean Image Bank

Webinar: Learnings from 30 years of investigating cetacean strandings


What: CSI of the Sea: what have we learnt from 30 years of investigating cetacean strandings?
When: 11 Jan 2022 18:00 – 19:30
Where: Livestream on ZSL’s YouTube channel, which will be made available on the YouTube channel afterwards.
How: Free, no registration needed. 
Cetaceans have been founded stranded around the UK coastline for centuries. But the role of human impacts in causing these events remained unclear until the advent of the collaborative ZSL-led UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP).

The CSIP is contracted by the UK Government to investigate stranding events to learn about their causes andcollect data that inform efforts to improve the long-term future of vulnerable marine species in UK waters. 
In the 30-year period since its inception, the CSIP has recorded data on over 17,000 cetacean strandings and investigated over 4,500 through systematic and forensic post-mortem examinations. A wide variety of causes of death have been diagnosed, ranging from bycatch (incidental entanglement in fishing gear), ship-strike and bottlenose dolphin attack, to a condition analogous to decompression sickness in humans. The CSIP has also carried out extensive research into a range of threats over this period, including impacts from chemical, acoustic and physical pollution and climate change driven shifts in distribution.
Learn about the work of the CSIP in the UK over the last 30 years and threats to cetaceans in this webinar organised for CSIP’s anniversary. 
Please be aware that this event will feature some graphic images and video of post mortem examinations, viewer discretion is advised

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Sperm whale in Northumberland, UK, taken by drone | Credit: Rob Deaville (Source: ZSL)
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