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


2005-12-04 15:45:46

Harbour porpoise - Deal, Kent

Jo Malpass, medic from Deal, was contacted on Sunday 4th December by a friend who discovered a "small dolphin" washed up at Sandown Beach in Deal.

The animal was taken to a local environmental education centre where Jo later identified it as a Harbour Porpoise. The animal had a large open wound to the stomach, and a clean slice wound on the back to the rear. It would appear that unfortunately the animal has fallen foul of some kind of human conflict, likely to be either a boat propeller or from a fisherman, given the clean cuts and gouges that the animal has suffered.

Paul Jepson (ZSL) has been contacted so that the porpoise can be collected for post mortem.

Jo Malpass
BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic