Mystery surrounds dolphin strandings

By Cornish Times in Environment

Mystery still surrounds the large number of dead dolphins which have been washing up on South East Cornwall’s beaches.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) said last month was its worst ever January for strandings, with 99 dead dolphins and porpoises reported across the county.

More locally, 13 dead creatures have been spotted on beaches in the Rame Peninsula in the past month, said environmentalist Claire Wallerstein. Walkers at Seaton and Talland Bay reported several sightings.

While rough seas and onshore wind bring the dead creatures onto the beaches, a clear pattern on causes of death has not yet emerged, said Ruth Williams, who is marine conservation manager with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

The CWT has issued a plea to people to keep reporting dead creatures to its 24-hour Marine Strandings Network on 0345 2012626.

Anyone who sights a live creature stranded on the beach should call the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787433412 (after 5pm or on weekends).

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