Dead seabirds covered in oil found on Western Isles
Dead seabirds covered in oil have been found washed up along the Western Isles' coast.
Twelve guillemots have been recovered since 27 December on Lewis, Benbecula, Harris and Eriskay. Seven were alive.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), which has been monitoring the finds, said the source of the oil was not known at this stage.
It has also raised concerns that other species of seabirds, such as gannet, could be affected by the pollution.
The surviving birds have been cleaned by animal welfare charity staff and volunteers.
They will be sent to the mainland for further treatment.
RSPB Scotland has asked for members of the public to alert it to any further sightings of seabirds in distress.
Source: BBC News