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Porpoise gets stranded on beach in St Ives

Porpoise gets stranded on beach in St Ives

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:28pm 11th March 2019.

Photo: Daisy Salmon

A porpoise has been rescued after getting stranded in St Ives.

Teams from British Divers Marine Life Rescue got the shout to Porthmeor beach on Sunday evening.

Members of the public who found the animal had attempted to re-float it already into the stormy sea, but it washed back ashore, getting bumped on some rocks in the process.

Marine Mammal Medics were mobilised along with the St Ives Coastguard Rescue Team due to concerns for public safety in severe weather conditions.

porpoise - Dan Jarvis
A porpoise was found stranded on Porthmeor beach in St Ives. Photo: Dan Jarvis.

The tide was coming in fast with large, powerful waves driven by 30-40mph onshore winds, but the team managed to quickly relocate the animal higher up the beach to safety and began further first aid measures.

The animal was bleeding from several wounds it had received during the stranding.

It was a male, measured 1.14m long, and was in moderate body condition.

The porpoise was treated by vets and then taken back down to the beach in a car so it could be released back into the water.

The animal re-stranded itself a couple of times but on the third try managed to swim out to sea.

Rescue teams treated it for several wounds. Credit: Kat Ord

"So far there have been no reports of any restranding of the animal, and the team remains cautiously optimistic that this was a successful rescue despite the horrendous conditions.

"We would like to thank all of our volunteers that attended this incident along with St Ives Coastguard Rescue Team, and the members of the public who had tried to help the animal originally and for reporting it to us so that we could get assistance out there as soon as possible.

"We would also like to thank the Beach Restaurant, who provided warm drinks and snacks for the team as the incident came to an end - it was very much needed and greatly appreciated after an exhausting four hour struggle!"

Dan Jarvis, British Divers Marine Life Rescue

porpoise - Alison Davey
They managed to re-float it and on the third try it swam back out to sea. Credit: Alison Davey

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