http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-14788647The body of a blue shark has been found washed up on a Western Isles' beach.
RSPB Scotland conservation officer Martin Scott discovered the pregnant 1.8m (6ft) female blue shark at Barvas on the west side of Lewis.
The find comes just over a week before the Shark Conservation Society begins survey work off the Hebrides.
Blue sharks are believed to be the most heavily fished shark and its fins are sought after as food in Asia, according to the Shark Trust.
Mr Scott said the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth hoped to carry out tests on the Barvas shark.