Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Not looking too good

Sadly, I have heard through various channels today, that Sundays Dolphin has probably not survived. Poole Coastguard teams were called yesterday to reports of a Common Dolphin which had washed up dead on bournemouth beach near Durley Chine. It has not been confirmed yet as being the same animal, however this seems likely.

It would seem prudent to post here the advice from the 'British Divers Marine Life Rescue' website:

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue advises that people who come across stranded animals stay away and call for expert help. "They are not Flipper. They have very powerful tails and sharp teeth and if distressed should not be approached in any circumstances".

Their fully detailed advice poster can be seen and downloaded here.


Swanage Coastguard said...

John - When I spoke with my boss last night who also attended the incident at Bournemouth, having seen our photo's he felt it was a different dolphin as the one they had, had a "chunk" out of the fin and was also quite heavily diseased.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to our site John, much appreciated.
Sadly, although we don't know a massive amount about why these animals come ashore, a lot do seem to be very ill, and just seem to beach to die...

As with everything we do, all we can do is our best :)


lifeboatjohn said...

Everything happens for a reason Richard. You have to care but also be realistic.