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


2006-05-07 15:37:24

Live porpoise stranding - Scotland

A call was received on Elaines mobile at 12.30hrs - Taken by Medic Willie Taylor from member of the public Jason Sweeney who was on the West Sands at St Andrews accompanied with SSPCA Inspector Ian Burlinson. A Harbour porpoise had live-stranded and was listing badly to one side. Whilst the Inspector and John kept the animal in the surfline in an upright position to keep it wet and protecting the blowhole, Willie called Area Co-ordinator Elaine Roft. Elaine contacted Aberdeenshire Co-ordinator Nick Duthie and also Dundee Co-ordinator Bruce McLeish to get a response team out. Jason called Elaine back at 12.42 hours to confirm that the porpoise had died. Elaine then contacted Nick to let him know and also Bruce asking him to stand down. Elaine also notified Bob Reid of SAC. Dundee Medic Michelle Penny went to the locus to retrieve the carcass to bring it up to Broughty Ferry where it will be uplifted on Monday by Bob Reid of The Scottish Agricultural College in Inverness for post mortem along with the Montrose porpoise which was uplifted on Saturday. SSPCA Inspector Ian Burlinson said that the porpoise had what appeared to be lesions on its body.

Thanks to Willie Taylor & Elaine Roft (Montrose), Nick Duthie (Aberdeen), Bruce Mcleish and Michelle Penny (Dundee), Jason Sweeney (Member of the public), SSPCA Inspector Ian Burlinson, Bob Reid (SAC)

Elaine Roft
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Montrose Area Co-ordinator (Inverbervie-Easthaven)