Stags found tangled in lost fishing gear

Image copyright SNH
Image caption The stag was photographed with string and buoy tangled in its antlers

Images have been released showing reddish colored deer stags on a Scottish tropical isle with marine pollution tangled within their antlers.

Two from the animals on the Isle of Rum died after becoming snarled upward together in discarded fishing string.

Another of the deer was photographed with rope plus an orange buoy in its antlers.

The images have already been published by Scottish Natural Historical past (SNH), which manages Rum Nationwide Nature Reserve.

The particular photographs were taken a year ago, yet only released now following increasing concerns about marine pollution.

Image copyright SNH
Image caption Two of the deer died right after becoming snarled up in string

Lesley Watt, reserve manager on Rum for SNH, said: “Marine litter box is a huge international problem. But little actions can make a big difference, and later a part to play.

“Along with many organisations, SNH lately joined the campaign to rubbish bin plastic straws; and we’re reducing disposable plastics by providing our staff members with re-useable travel cups.

“If you use your personal bag for life when shopping, or even take litter home after a trip to the beach, you could help save a good animal’s life. ”

The island’s population of crimson deer have been the subject of scientific study since the 1950s.

Scientists study the animals to better realize their behaviour and the effects of weather change on deer.

Image copyright SNH
Image caption Marine air pollution on Rum

Concerns about the level of air pollution in the sea off Scotland, plus along its coast are progressively being raised.

Immediately, a group of volunteers gathered more than 600kgs of rubbish from the shore from Red Point, Gairloch, in Wester Ross.

Last summertime, scientists said some of the world’s greatest living sea creatures had been discovered to have eaten microscopic pieces of plastic material waste.

Researchers on the Scottish Association for Marine Technology (SAMS) in Oban sampled starfish plus snails from the Rockall Trough from the Western Isles .

Tiny pieces of plastic were present in 48% of the sample animals that will live more than 2, 000m (6, 561. 8ft) down.

Image copyright RSPB Cymru
Image caption Gannet chick with plastic in its home

Furthermore last year, researchers said most of the seabirds analyzed for a study into the effects of sea plastic pollution had swallowed plastic-type material .

Researchers, which includes scientists from North Highland University UHI’s Environmental Research Institute within Thurso, investigated 34 species.

They found 74% of these had ingested plastic.

The research involved seabird colonies within northern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Svalbard, the Faroes and Iceland.