Studies carried out on stranded whale outside Ramelton

first_imgAn analysis has been carried out on a dead whale which was stranded outside Ramelton this week. Locals discovered the huge beached creature at Aughnish on Thursday.Many questions were raised over the species of the whale and the cause of death. The whale washed up on the shore near Ramelton. (North West Newspix)A representative of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has visited the site to carry out studies and take samples from the carcass.They determined that the whale was a male juvenile fin whale. The body measured 16ft 8inches in length, which shows that it is a very young animal.Some fin whales can life up to 140 years. “Fin Whales are second largest animal on the planet can reach lengths of 27m, and one of the fastest. Reaching speeds of 30 miles an hour,” said an update from the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Facebook page.However, the cause of death is still unknown.The external analysis showed no sign of a cause of death. Scientific investigations are due to be carried out on samples from the whale to look at its genetic make-up and if any contaminants were present in the body.The Donegal IWDG spokesperson said: “Remember to report standings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website. As well as sightings so we can better protect these beautiful creatures.”Studies carried out on stranded whale outside Ramelton was last modified: August 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:whalelast_img read more

Qantas introduces digital boarding passes on trans-Tasman routes

first_imgThe days of queuing for printed boarding passes are over for Qantas passengers travelling between Australia and New Zealand .The airline announced Friday that customers travelling between the neighbouring countries can now use mobile check-in and digital boarding passes in a “first step towards more seamless travel across the Tasman’’.It said the technology allowed eligible customers travelling between Australia and New Zealand to finalise check-in and passport checks online and head straight to the lounge or boarding gate after passing through immigration and security.Customers with baggage will be able to be able to use dedicated bag drops and those eligible for Express Path access will have it embedded in the digital boarding pass.The system will apply to all passport holders, although some visa restrictions apply, travelling on direct Qantas marketed and operated services between Australia and New Zealand.But the airline also wants to expand the system to other international destinations.“Seamless domestic travel has been a reality since Qantas pioneered smart check-in technology in 2010, but the barriers have always been a lot higher for international flights,” Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said in a statement.“It’s a great example of how industry and Government working together can change what’s possible for travellers. The goal is ultimately to make this technology for international routes the ‘new normal’.’’Qantas will initially offer the technology through its web and mobile sites but plans to incorporate it into its app from June.It will also start looking at progressively extending the service to other international destinations from mid-year and expects it to be installed in all relevant airports by early 2018.last_img read more