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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