British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
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2008-10-29 12:07:42

Fourth live cetacean stranding in a month in Cornwall

Stranded harbour porpoiseThis latest live stranding, the fourth of the month, was reported to BDMLR by Caroline Curtis from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network during the morning from Polzeath in North Cornwall. It had been spotted in shallow water and had been refloated by members of the public already, but had now restranded.

Area Coordinators Dave Jarvis and Tim Bain started out to the site along with Assistant Coordinators Jenny Haley and Darryl Thorpe and Medics Sarah Mitchell and Amy Williams, while Sue White at Head Office began arranging for further Medics to attend.

Unfortunately, just a short time later, Tim spoke to the lifeguards on the beach who were supporting the cetacean and giving it recommended first aid, but it had now stopped moving. Sadly, a palpebral reflex test confirmed that the animal had passed away. Some of the team continued on to the site to now record and photograph the body for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network before it was taken away for a post mortem examination.

On arrival it was found to be a harbour porpoise in poor nutritional condition, with several lesions and pox marks, some of which were harbouring parasites in the form of whale lice. It was a female at around 1.2m in length.

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