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


2008-10-10 15:24:56

Common dolphin live strands at Portreath, Cornwall

Attending to stranded dolphinAt around 0830hrs Cornwall Area Coordinator Dave Jarvis had a call from BDMLR On-call Coordinator Alex Levine regarding a live stranded dolphin at Portreath. She had already given first aid advice to the members of the public that were with it and Medics were then mobilised to the scene.

Dave and Medics Lesley Jarvis and Simon Bone were the first to arrive, finding the dolphin down by the mid water mark on the western side of the beach. They took over first aid responsibilities from the members of the public and began an assessment. It was a juvenile common that seemed to be in poor nutritional condition. Medics Sue Sayer, Abi Coates, Colin Pringle and Caroline Curtis arrived, along with Coordinator Tim Bain, veterinary surgeon Martin Jones and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation Officers Joana Doyle and Tom Hardy. Together they helped to shade the dolphin from the sun, keep it wet and upright, made pectoral fin trenches and monitored the breathing rate, which remained at a very good 3 – 5 breaths per minute for the duration of the incident. After speaking with BDMLR Veterinary Coordinator James Barnett, it was decided that the best viable option that could be taken was to humanely end the suffering of the animal, so Martin and the veterinary nurse that came with him carried out the procedure, and after the animal had passed away, the incident was handed over to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network to record and photograph the body and remove it for post mortem examination.

Dave Jarvis
Director and Cornwall Area Coordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue