A young humpback whale that was found entangled in creel lines near Vidlin, Shetland on the 10th September and subsequently disappeared has been matched from photographs of the dorsal fin taken in previous years. The animal was seen in a similar area in Shetland in 2009. Humpback whales tend to be site faithful, returning to similar locations in consecutive years.
Furthermore, it may be that this animal can also be matched to 2005. Dr. Peter Evans, SWF, photographed a juvenile whale in the Sound of Sleat near Mallaig in August 2005. Photo ID of humpback whales is normally performed using the shape and markings of the tail fluke. However, when this is not possible, the dorsal fin can sometimes be used. This particular animal has quite an unusual shaped fin and a number of white markings.
This whale has not been re-sighted since the entanglement and there are fears that the young animal has drowned due to the weight of the creel lines pulling the animal down.