South Uist 'Loch Ness Monster' bones: New resident on South Uist 'amazed' as she spots 30 foot sperm whale bones for the first time on dog walk

Hannah Burns was on a walk with her golden retriever Bonnie and her boyfriend Jon when she spotted the ‘Nessie’ bones on a South Uist beach near Stoneybridge.

Bonnie the dog explores the Sperm Whale bones on South Uist beach (Photo: Hannah Burns).
Bonnie the dog explores the Sperm Whale bones on South Uist beach (Photo: Hannah Burns).

Explaining the first time she saw the 30-foot long structure on Sunday afternoon, the 27 year-old nurse said: “We went to have a wee look, it was just myself, my boyfriend and Bonnie and it was amazing- I’ve never really seen anything like that before.

“I don’t know why I thought it was a whale skeleton – I think it’s just because it was so big like it was huge.

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"It’s a new discovery for me and Jon but it’s not a new discovery for locals in general.”

Ms burns – who moved from London to South Uist two and a half weeks ago – commented that the bones ‘captured her imagination’ and made people think of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’.

She said: “I think the sea is quite a thought-provoking place and some people have responding saying ‘It’s a sea monster’ or ‘It’s the Loch Ness Monster’ and things like that.

“It’s take your mind off your day to day work.”

"It’s exciting and quite a cool feature to have on your daily dog walk.”

Bonnie discovering that this 'stick' might be a 'wee bit too big' to pick up (Photo: Hannah Burns).

Ms Burns added that Bonnie the dog was also ‘really excited’ to find the bones in her new home’s beach.

She said: “I think at first she thought it was a big stick for her- she went near to it and realised it may have been a wee bit too big to pick up.”

After discovering the bones, Ms Burns checked with her sister Polly Burns who is a marine scientist.

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Her sister- after checking with marine contacts – was able to confirm that the bones were that of a sperm whale which washed up a year ago.

In February, Uist Sea tours said: “It was an adult sperm whale.

"The long structure is about 30 foot long and the smaller bit is 6 foot.

“Still a bit of flesh on it and a smell too.”

After her sister Polly posted a picture on Twitter which gained a ‘huge response’, other local residents have messaged Ms Burns to confirm that the remains are those of a sperm whale.

The Scottish Marine Animal and Stranding Scheme has been contacted for comment.

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