Dolphin storm victim washed ashore

By Richard Wright

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Dolphin storm victim washed ashore

The dolphin, which washed ashore on the Isle of Wight after recent storms. Picture courtesy of Paul Jackson.

A DOLPHIN - thought to be a victim of the recent storms - was washed ashore this morning (Saturday) on an Isle of Wight beach.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team cordoned-off the area of beach at Sandown Esplanade, before the dolphin was removed by contractors at 10.30am.

Coastguard station officer Martin Groom said: "We estimate the Common Dolphin had been dead for about two weeks and was badly decomposed.

"It possibly died because the recent rough weather which has made it extremely difficult for them to feed."

Experts at the Natural History Museum have been informed.


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by Russell Palin

13th January 2014, at 17:28:44

Even though the poor thing is dead, there is a certain mystique about that picture, nice shot Paul.
Still we have people finding Mahogany on the Island beaches, only thing is it is not mahogany but plain old french straight grained Beech (Fagus sylvatica).... Lots and lots of Ash (fraxinus exellsior)
Nobody has found any Ambergris yet that I have heard of.(no surprise there)
Lots of dead sea birds smashed in the storm, oh yes and the bunker oil is about here and there, so watch it with the children and dogs.....
Take care all.

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by David Blackford

12th January 2014, at 09:24:23

Had a dead whale washed up along puckpool way a few years back - Boy, what a pong!!

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by lulu arnold

12th January 2014, at 09:06:44

That's a very good idea ..............

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by Russell Palin

12th January 2014, at 07:37:45

If one were to bury the dolphin for a few years , it could be dug up and a decent skeleton could then go to an Isle of Wight attraction.
Of course there are rules governing this, the Natural History Museum know all about them and would give good advice in that respect.
I would not be surprised if more dead things and more timber wash up after all the storms recently.....

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