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A baby dolphin has washed up on a Cornish beach

A baby dolphin has washed up on a Cornish beach

Published by Helen Down at 6:20pm 29th July 2020. (Updated at 6:33pm 29th July 2020)

An injured baby dolphin has washed up on a Cornish beach.

The exhausted mammal with teeth marks on its body was initially found alive at Holywell Bay.

It was carried to a shallow pool where it sadly died shortly afterwards.  

It's thought the dolphin was either separated from or rejected by its mum.

"It is incredibly rare to see a baby dolphin.  The baby was weak and had rake marks on its body from the teeth of other dolphins.

"It was beautiful and tiny – I can’t believe how small they are.

"Common dolphins are one of the smallest dolphin species found in UK waters, slightly larger than a porpoise but much smaller than a bottlenose dolphin.

"There have been a lot of sightings of common dolphins around our coasts in the past week.

 ‘I have spent my lifetime on and in the sea but have never seen anything like this! It shows you how surprising and unpredictable our local seas are.

"We urge the public to be vigilant and to report any marine life they see active around our coast using our ORKS app.’"

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Awareness Officer Matt Slater 

Baby dolphin in water 1

Cornwall Wildlife Trust are asking the public to report marine sightings this summer using there ORKS App, as part of their Cornwall Marine Bioblitz which is running through #National Marine Week.

The valuable data collected will allow the organisation to understand the health of our coasts and seas and the threats facing it.  

But, if you find a live animal in distress your are urged to call British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546

If you find a dead stranded marine animal people are encouraged to call CWT Marine Strandings hotline 0345 2012626

 

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