Disposal of whales to cost county council 10,000 euro
The estimated cost of disposing of the 33 whales that were washed up early last month on Rutland Island, near the coast of Burtonport, is 10,000 euro, county councillors have learned.
In response to a question from Fianna Fil Cllr. David Alcorn, Joe Peoples, acting council director of service for water, environment and emergency services, said that at this stage not all of the payments have been made for the clean-up exercise. Cllr. Alcorn also asked whether the county council would be reimbursed for the expenditure, but Mr. Peoples said that they would not.
After the whales were discovered, Dr. Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin group said they could not rule out sonar interference for confusing the whales and leading to their beach deaths.
The pod, which had been observed in waters between Arranmore Island and Burtonport during the week before they beached themselves on Rutland, were also believed to be the same pod that had been monitored off the Hebridean island of South Uist shortly before that, where it was feared that they may have also attempted to beach themselves.