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Dead dolphin washes up on beach in Cornwall

Dead dolphin washes up on beach in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 11:20am 7th November 2019. (Updated at 11:26am 7th November 2019)

A warning is going out to beach-goers after a dead dolphin was found washed in Cornwall.

Beach Guardian made the sad discovery at Harlyn Bay earlier this week.

The poor creature is missing part of its bottom half.

Please be warned - you may find some of the images in this article upsetting.

Dead Dolphin at Harlyn Bay
A warning is going out to beach-goers after a dead dolphin was found washed up in north Cornwall. Photo: Beach Guardian

A volunteer called the team after spotting the dolphin in the water.

By the time Beach Guardian arrived, it had been stranded at the high tide mark.

Dead Dolphin at Harlyn Bay
Beach Guardian is urging beach-goers not to touch stranded marine life and to keep pets well away. Photo: Beach Guardian

The group, which does regular beach cleans from Padstow to Porthcothan, shared the images to raise awareness.

They are urging beach-goers not to touch dead or stranded marine life and to keep pets well away.

Dead Dolphin at Harlyn Bay
Beach Guardian is worried we could see more dead and stranded marine life in Cornwall after the recent storms. Photo: Beach Guardian

Speaking to Cornwall Live, Beach Guardian said it is concerned the recent stormy weather could spark more strandings.

"We want to make people aware there's a dead dolphin on the beach, particularly dog walkers as a lot of inquisitive dogs will go over for a look.

"It's a sad picture and terrible to see but we can't really speculate as to how it died.

"Beach Guardian CIC have recently had an increased number of calls due to the adverse weather.

"The extreme weather has definitely been making things worse.

"We've had more nets and ropes reported and this is the second dead dolphin we've been told about in two weeks".

Beach Guardian

The group has since said a local fisherman believes the dolphin could have been caught as a result of by-catch.

You can check what to do if you find a dead or stranded marine animal on the Cornish coast here.

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