Marine volunteers called out to dead porpoise at Western Undercliff

Western Undercliff Photo Western Undercliff Group

Volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) have been to the Western Undercliff after reports of a dead harbour porpoise on the beach.

BDMLR member Sheila Stone  said the male porpoise, measuring 1.5m, will either be collected by the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme or disposed of by Thanet council staff.

Sheila said: “We were unable to assess the cause of death but it had considerable damage that could have been caused post mortem due to being rolled in the storm or scavenger damage.

“We have marked it with biodegradable spray, and are waiting to hear if CSIP wants it. If not it will be up to TDC to dispose of.”

Harbour Porpoises can be spotted close to shore in relatively shallow water, especially in tidal races and around headlands. They are usually solitary or in small feeding groups of up to 10. They are pretty shy and will avoid boats and Jetskis – though they are known to be more curious in some areas around the UK.