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


2005-06-13 13:46:54

Cetacean in Mevagissey harbour

I was contacted at about 1pm by Cornwall Wildlife Trust Strandings Coordinator Jan Loveridge, who had received a call from a resident of Mevagissey about a small dolphin in the inner harbour at Mevagissey, SE Cornwall. I contacted Dave Jarvis SW Cornwall Coordinator who kindly offered to bring the ambulance & kit to Mevagissey. I loaded my medic box, dry suit etc & left home near Looe about 10 minutes later & arrived in Mevagissey about 2pm. I had to negotiate the narrow streets full of tourists to get to the harbour carpark. The attendant there was very helpful & said he thought it had successfully left the harbour. He remarked it seemed to have come in with the fishing boats & been checking them out. I had a walk around both the inner & outer harbours, but could see no cetaceans. The attendant described the animal as about 1 meter long, swimming well & looking happy. He was unable to give any more detailed description so we were unable to identify the species. The size suggests it was a juvenile dolphin or perhaps a Harbour Porpoise.

Being unable to get a signal on my phone I had to drive to St Austell before I could phone Dave with my report, & also contact Jan Loveridge to ask her to call off any medics she had contacted.

I would like to thank Carol Jackson of Mevagissey who made the initial call to Jan Loveridge. I was also like to thank Jan for organising calls to Medics & to thank those Medics who stood by in case they were needed. Also thanks especially to Dave & Tim for setting off so promptly with the ambulance.

Although no dolphin was found, as new Coordinator for SE Cornwall. I found this a very useful exercise & good practice. This time I remembered to take some food and drink with me, which I failed to do when I attended the Gwithian Striped Dolphin stranding- it’s as important for Medics to avoid dehydration as well as hypothermia !

Darryl Thorpe
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