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


2006-04-16 13:56:05

Harbour porpoise incident at Portabelo, Peacehaven, East Sussex

I was called out via WRAS* to a porpoise on the beach between Peacehaven and Saltdean near Brighton. It was at least 4ft in length, looked in good condition and was very lively. It was right on the low tide line in a deep rock pool which it could still swim in and there was a narrow gully joining the pool to the open sea. When I approached the porpoise become very active and quickly disappeared through this channel and out to sea. This area of beach is full of chalk gullies, some of which are 4-6ft deep and varying from a few inches to a couple of feet wide.

Luckily I was only about 5 minutes away from the location when I got the call and the tide was turning and starting to come back in when I arrived. I advised the people who called to keep away from the animal so as not to stress it.

Trevor Weeks
BDMLR National Coordinator

(* East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service)