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Two dead dolphins in Cornwall in space of week

Two dead dolphins in Cornwall in space of week

Published by Emma Carton at 8:04am 1st March 2020. (Updated at 8:13am 1st March 2020)

Two dead dolphins have been found washed up on beaches in north Cornwall in the space of the week.

Please be aware that some of the images in this article are graphic and you may find them upsetting.

The first dolphin was discovered at Constantine Bay on Friday 21st February, along with two dead gannets.

Dead Dolphin in Cornwall
Two dead dolphins have been found washed up on beaches in north Cornwall in the space of a week. Photo: Beach Guardian

The second dolphin was found on Friday at the next bay along and both have been reported to marine experts.

Both discoveries were made by volunteers from the beach-clean group, Beach Guardian.

Posting after the first discovery, Beach Guardian issued the following advice for people finding dead marine life.

Dead Dolphin in Cornwall
The dead dolphins were discovered in the Constantine Bay area after the recent storms. Photo: Jim Coatsworth

"Sad news today...

"We had reports from two of our volunteers, Jo and Bryony, about a dead dolphin and two dead gannets at Constantine Bay

"We've made a report to Marine Strandings Network, Cornwall Council and Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme- UK strandings

"These two recent storms, coming one after the other, has affected birds, seals and cetaceans

"If you find a dead animal on the beach please call 0345 201 2626

"If an investigation into cause of death is carried out we'll report further information".

Beach Guardian

Dead Dolphin in Cornwall
Beach-clean group, Beach Guardian, shared news of the tragic discoveries, urging people to report dead marine life to the authorities. Photo: Jim Coatsworth

On Friday 28th February, Beach Guardian posted another message urging people to make a note of two phone numbers.

"This time last week we had a dead dolphin wash up on one of our local beaches.

"This week there has been another, at the next bay along from the first.

"Thanks to Jim for alerting us to this second one which has now been collected by Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Marine Strandings Network where it will have an investigation into cause of death

"Please, everyone, add these two phone numbers in case you ever come across a marine animal:

"If you find a dead animal on the beach please call Marine Strandings Network on 0345 201 2626

"If you find a live animal on the beach please call British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546

"Please share this post so that as many people as possible have these phone numbers".

Beach Guardian

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