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Police identify A75 crash victim

Dr Robert Murphie, 52, died in a crash on the A75 on Saturday Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Police

Police have named the man killed in a crash on the A75 near Carsluith yesterday.

Dr Robert Murphie, 52, from Braehead near Newton Stewart, died when his Ducati motorcycle was involved with a collision with a Land Rover shortly before 12pm.

The driver and passenger of the Land Rover were not injured.

The A75 at Carsluith Village was closed for approximately seven and a half hours, and re-opened at around 7:30pm.

Enquiries in to the crash are ongoing.


Whale will be buried

Marine Scotland normally investigate around two or three incidences of whale beachings a year.

Their findings are used to asses environmental stresses on whale populations.

They also examine other marine species to gauge wider issues affecting the seas off the British Isles.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it was extremely unusual for a creature as large as this one to wash up on the shore in south-west Scotland.

The council are hoping to bury it above the high tide mark sometime later today or tomorrow in order to prevent its carcass from causing contamination along the beach.

'Whale may have been lost' says autopsy doctor

Doctor Andrew Brownlow, who carried out an autopsy on the whale, admitted he was not sure how the mammal came to swim up the Solway but concluded it might have simply been lost.

The juvenile male may have been following a shoal of fish or other food source and become disorientated.

The Fin Whale normally lives in the mid Atlantic.

The species spends the summer near the Arctic but comes further south in the winter.

Whale 'probably drowned' after inhaling water

A post mortem has been carried out on a 25-tonne whale washed up on a beach on the Galloway coastline.

The 57 foot long Fin Whale, believed to be around 15 years old, was discovered on the beach near Newton Stewart on Sunday evening (17th February).

It was still alive when it was found but was left stranded by the tide and did not survive.

An examination was carried out by marine expert Dr Andrew Brownlow.

His preliminary findings show the whale died due to being unable to support its massive weight out of the water and probably drowned after inhaling sea water.


Whale may have been one of many

"I was going to my work when I saw it and went down to see. It’s huge and we estimated it at around 17 metres.

“People here think it's a Minke whale but it seems pretty big. We are not involved with such mammals but we concentrate on fresh water fish.”

– Jackie Graham, Fishery biologist with the Galloway Fishery Trust

There were reports that the whale may have been one of many spotted in the area over the past few days, however it is the only one to be found washed up.

A similar sized whale was found on the Borgue coast near Kirkcudbright in 2006.

"We have to arrange for a full report into the type of whale it is and it’s condition and how it died and got there.

“It belongs to the Queen and the British Natural History officials in London have to take measurements and carry out an inspection and try and find out how it died, before it can be removed.”

– Coastguard spokesman
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