The body of an adult sperm whale has washed up in the Western Isles after becoming stranded on the west coast.
A humpback whale was rescued from fishing gear in the Northern Isles last week after an expert agency came to its rescue.
Dozens of whales have been returned to the open seas after being stranded near the shores of Orkney.
Rescue efforts to free a stricken whale in Sutherland were stood down yesterday after it disappeared.
Members of the public are being urged to avoid a well-loved coastal path due to large numbers of breeding "aggressive" seals.