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A Stranded Cetacean


A BRIEF account of the stranding of a Cetacean in the neighbourhood of Langness, Isle of Man, will probably interest many readers of NATURE. This event was reported to me and my colleagues on Saturday, May 9, and in the afternoon of that day I accompanied Mr. J. R. Bruce to the spot, which is a small creek on the Langness peninsula. Here we were joined by Mr. P. M. C. Kermode, Curator of the Manx Museum, Douglas, and along with him we obtained a good series of measurements and photographs. From these we conclude that the specimen is a rorqual (Balænoptera sp.), but this identification awaits confirmation. From the measurements obtained I select the following: Length, from tip of upper jaw, along back, to notch between tailflukes, 48 ft. 6 in.; breadth of tail, from tip to tip of flukes, 11 ft. 8 in.; tip of upper jaw to centre of eye, 9 ft. 8 in.; length of pectoral fin, anterior insertion to tip, 5 ft. 6 in.

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