Rutland Island, Burtonport - (Malware): The cybervirus that sank HMS Preposterous the other week has now claimed another scalp - 33 pilot whale nursing mothers and their young.
Their lifeless corpses were washed ashore off the Scottish coast this weekend after becoming sick with acoustic trauma-related gas embolism.
This may have been triggered by the Royal Navy's low frequency active sonar in a Hunt for Red October-style search for a missing Russian sub.
The Kursk-Phoenix has been menacing UK coastal waters since May and is suspected of infiltrating HMS Preposterous' high tech innards with the Stuxnet virus.
Dolphinologists at the nearby Galway-Mayo Institute of Marine Technology said today the cybervirus 'could have sent the whales mental'.
Pilot whales sometimes commit mass suicide in protest at EU-imposed fishing quotas.
But this weekend's fatalities do not appear to be self=induced.