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


2006-05-03 15:33:01

Cornwall Medics monitor young porpoise, Porthleven

Myself with Coordinators Dave Jarvis and Tim Bain; cetacean expert Ruth Leeney and Matt from the University of Exeter in Cornwall, attended to assess the situation, at Porthleven, before taking any further action and calling out further Medics. A very small, unweaned size, porpoise was seen swimming in the outer harbour near the pier and no injuries or blood in the water could be seen as earlier reports said it had been thrown against rocks a couple of times. We watched the porpoise and split into groups as it moved to the opposite side of the channel into the harbour and came close to stranding on the rocky beach. It was difficult to assess its nutritive state in the swell and becasue it wouldn't stay in one place long enough! It was last seen heading towards Praa Sands, swimming strongly a bit further offshore. We kept watch around the harbour entrance for another hour but there was no sign of it. We are still a little concerned as we did not see its mother, unless she was just offshore where our attention was not focussed while the baby was still in view! Dave and Tim are checking out a few nearby coves and beaches and handing out Strandings cards and leaflets to local shops and any passers by in case it returns.

Thanks to Mr & Mrs Shepherd for reporting the animal, the lady I spoke to in the Harbourmaster's office, various passers-by who helped keep watch on the porpoise, BDMLR consultant veterinarian Paul Riley and Medic Kelly Robinson (visiting from SE England) for being on standby.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall
(Newquay - Land's End - St Austell)