Update: The whale appears to have moved to deeper water where search boats were unable to locate the marine mammal. At this point, the search for the whale has been called off.
Our volunteers have been out since dawn searching Loch Eriboll and the coastline to the east and west, there have been no sightings of the sperm whale. The team have now stood down but will remain on standby over the weekend.— BDMLR (@BDMLR) January 4, 2019
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Rescuers have been attempting to save a sperm whale that is reported to have been trapped and tangled in a Highlands loch.
The mammal, which was estimated to be 30 feet long, was seen spotted on Wednesday struggling in the Loch which is near Durness, Sutherland.
Coastguard and British Divers Marine Life Rescue Team (BDMLR) volunteers have been dispatched to the loch to monitor and try and save the marine mammal.
BDMLR has yet to confirm whether the the animal is still caught but they did ad that they are unsure if it is injured or ill.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has asked any members of the public trying to find a vantage point from where they might see the whale to take care on the coastline.
Sperm whales are one of the world’s deepest diving mammals, with mature males averaging around 50ft long.