British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2007-05-19 15:09:41

Atlantic White Beaked dolphin stranding

Rob and I received a callout to a stranded dolphin at Allonby near Maryport at 10:15 yesterday, 19th May and we were quickly on our way.

The Coastguard had been contacted by a member of the public.

The Coastguard were first on scene with two Maryport inshore rescue members who are also medics, Paul and Michael.

The dolphin was on its side and it was moved into an upright position. It was struggling and was estimated to have been stranded since the last high tide the previous evening. The weather had been very stormy and was a force 6.

Water was poured on to the dolphin. He was struggling and bleeding. After 10 minutes all movement ceased and there was no reaction to stimuli.

Rob and I arrived on site a few minutes later and the dolphin was identified as a 'White beaked dolphin' and this was confirmed when Tony Woodley received the photo on his mobile.

The dolphin was later moved to a Vets to await collection by the Natural History Museum for Post Mortem.

A sad ending to another dolphin.

Thanks to all the medics who attended, Coastguard, Maryport Inshore Rescue, Police and others who supported our efforts.

Jenny Watkins
BDMLR Area Coordinator