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PHOTOS: Three Dead Dolphins In Falmouth

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:57pm 27th January 2017.

Three dead dolphins have washed up on a popular Falmouth beach.

Coastguard rescue crews were scrambled to Gyllyngvase on Friday morning.

The poor creatures were found within 100m of each other - and sadly all were dead.

WARNING: You might find some of the pictures in this article upsetting.

It comes after Pirate FM told you about a jump in the number of dead dolphins found on the Cornish coast.

There were 26 in the first couple of weeks of the year, including one discovered with what looked like a bite mark at Newquay.

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Cornwall Council is said to be arranging for the dolphins, found at Falmouth, to be recovered.

Posting on Facebook, a spokesperson from Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team said: "The team were tasked to respond to a report of three dolphins washed up on Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth.

"On arrival we searched the beach and found all three. They were within around 100m of each other. Sadly all were deceased.

"We took measurements and photos. These were passed on to the relevant authorities.

"Details were passed to Cornwall Council who will arrange recovery.

"Once complete, we stood down and RTB, ready for service by 0920am".

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Cornwall Wildlife Trust had reports of a large pod, spotted swimming close to Pendennis Point two weeks ago.

And in St Ives, a dead dolphin was found near Smeaton's Pier just days after several came in close to the harbour.

When Pirate FM spoke to Dan Jarvis from British Divers Marine Life Rescue, he had been called out to seven recent strandings so far in 2017.

He said: "They are common dolphins that swam into St Ives harbour, that is extremely unusual because they are an off-shore species, they don't normally come into enclosed spaces like that and they are not used to navigating in such confined areas, so they are possibly in danger of becoming stranded.

"Pods of dolphins will stick together and follow sick animals to try and help them and support them, sometimes causing the whole group to strand as well, so we wonder if that might be the case, and once this one dolphin that was ill had passed away the group moved off-shore again as normal".

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is urging locals to report strandings, saying the information is vital to help understand threats to their survival, the causes of death and more about their environment.

What experts can learn:

  • Distribution
  • Diet
  • Health and diseases
  • Behaviour among the same, and between different, species
  • The effects of pollution
  • Reproduction

Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the dead dolphins washed up in Cornwall.

Or watch the scene from Falmouth, where 100 common dolphins were spotted swimming close to Pendennis Point...

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