Dead dolphin found on Portland

Dead dolphin found on Portland

Published by George Sharpe at 2:42pm 11th December 2019. (Updated at 4:21pm 11th December 2019)

The dolphin was washed up on Chesil Beach next to Quiddles Cafe.

It was spotted by Lee Batchelor from Portland while walking his dog this morning. 

Lee said: 

"The dolphin is at Chesil Beach Portland near the rocks next to Quiddles cafe. 

"The dolphin looks fresh and it’s up near the sea wall so it must of been washed up on the last high tide as it’s far right up the beach near the sea defence wall."

Dead Dolphin on Portland beach

It's not believed to be the popular Danny the Dolphin who is regularly seen around Dorset. Danny is a bottle nose dolphin.

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Coastal Centre Assistant, Sarah Hodgson, said,

“ We have taken photos and measurements to submit a report to the Natural History Museum who run the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP).  It was a male short-beaked common dolphin and there were no obvious signs of trauma.

"There are several species of dolphin and porpoise that have been spotted in Dorset including the bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin and harbour porpoise.

"For any sightings, please let Dorset Wildlife Trust know, or contact RSPCA on 0300 1234999 or British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546 for live strandings, and the Cetacean Strandings Investigation programme on 01825 765546 for dead strandings.”