Where there is the possibility of post-mortem examination, the Museum collaborates with the Zoological Society of London to determine cause of death.
Within the strandings database, each animal is given an individual stranded whale number. Attached to this is information on species, sex, location and cause of death.
All data is uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network, an open-access resource for UK biodiversity information.
The Museum's cetacean strandings project is a part of the government-funded Cetaceans Strandings Investigation Program (CSIP) that covers the whole of the UK. Within this, our responsibilities are to:
Harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena