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Three dead dolphins found in Cornwall in 24 hours

Three dead dolphins found in Cornwall in 24 hours

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:53pm 23rd December 2019.

WARNING: You may find photos in this article upsetting

Three dolphins have been found dead on beaches in south east Cornwall in just 24 hours.

Rame Peninsula Beach Care made the discoveries at Seaton, Downderry and Portwrinkle.

Experts are warning that it is a busy time of year with strandings because of the stormy weather.

There has reportedly been a record number of dead seals washed up around our coast too.

Anyone who finds a stranded animal on the beach is being urged to call for help straight away.

dead dolphin - Rame Peninsula Beach Care

"Sorry to bring you these sad pictures, but this is important.... We've had three dead dolphins locally in 24 hours, at Seaton, Downderry and Portwrinkle (valiant volunteers went out to do the recording work on this one in pitch darkness!) as well as a live seal in need of assistance, also at Downderry. 

"It's an incredibly busy time of year unfortunately for marine mammal strandings, with records broken for the number of dead seals, partly because of the incessantly stormy weather, which has made the first few weeks of life so difficult for young pups. 

"Please make sure you have these numbers stored in your phones in case you encounter either a dead or live stranded animal while you're out and about over the festive period."

Rame Peninsula Beach Care

dead dolphin - Rame Peninsula Beach Care

Advice on who to call:

For dead dolphins, porpoises, seals or other animals please call the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network on 0345 2012626.

For live stranded animals, please call British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825-765546. 

Trained medics will be sent out to assess the animal and decide if it needs to be rescued. 

Do not approach the animal, but if possible stay on the scene to keep the public and dogs away until help arrives.

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