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Rescue of the stranded Porpoise on 23 May 2011


The closest that most people get to seeing a porpoise is seeing the dorsal fin (located on the back) rising out of the water close to the coast - often in Ramsey Sound. So when a porpoise was found at Porth y Rhaw on 23 May 2011, it was time to get close.


The porpoise found at Porth y Rhaw on 23 May 2011
 The porpoise found at Porth y Rhaw on 23 May 2011
  


Unfortunately the
porpoise was no longer alive.
(The orange welly gives a comparison to size).
   

A Harbour Porpoise adult looks a bit similar to a small dolphin (but without the beak) and is between 1.3m and 1.9m in length. It has 19-28 pairs of small, spade-shaped teeth.

As the mother in this case was carrying a calf, the most probable cause of death was due to a pregnancy gone wrong.

 

winching the porpoise up the cliff
winching the porpoise up the cliff
    

and transporting the porpoise away.
and transporting the porpoise away.

Who deals with Marine Mammal & Marine Turtle strandings?

Live strandings
are dealt with by the RSPCA - in Wales tel. 08705 555999

Dead Strandings are dealt with by the Marine Environmental Monitoring services - in Wales tel. 01348 875000
who are keen to investigate the reason of death.
Otherwise Pembrokeshire County Council are responsible for removing dead wild animals.
 

 

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