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Storm Emma washes up dead 'dolphin'

dolphin Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:50pm 10th March 2018. (Updated at 2:25pm 10th March 2018)

The impact of Storm Emma and the high tides on marine life can still bee seen on Cornwall's coast.

Porthoustock Coastguard posted pictures on Wednesday of a dead creature on the ground they are confident was a dolphin, when assisting with flooding in Porthallow.

The team were joined by other agencies including Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and Falmouth Coastguard & Rescue Team.

A spokesperson for the team said: "On scene it was established that due to recent snow thawing along with high tides and storm Emma battering the coast the village had become flooded with 5 houses being affected by flooding thankfully with no casualties and the boats on the beach had been strewn up the road and onto properties causing considerable damage, marine life was also affected in the storm."

The official recorder of marine and wildlife strandings in the region is Cornwall Wildlife Trust who are urging locals to report strandings, as the information is vital in helping them understand causes of death, threats to survival and more about their environment that cannot be obtained from live animals.

Subjects this informs them on are: 

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

The team can be contacted 24 hours a day on their hotline 034520142626.

On its website, the Trust says: "Volunteers have been collecting data on strandings for many years and we now have over 5500 records on our strandings database, the earliest dating back to 1308!"

They added: "Recording stranded animals provides us with information about the marine environment and the health of marine creatures. This information is vital in helping us to conserve wildlife and cannot be learnt from studying live animals. We can learn about causes of death and threats to survival".

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