Fraser's dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) stranded in South Uist: first record in U.K. waters



On 3 September 1996, B. Neill, investigating the peculiar behaviour of three ravens, found them disputing over a freshly dead dolphin stranded on the shore at Bornish, South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland (National Grid ref: NF 721 300). Neither he nor M. Bones, who collected the skeleton, could immediately identify the dolphin, despite having seen most of the species recorded around the Western Isles, although we suggested that it might be an Atlantic white-sided dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus with an aberrant colour pattern.